Sunday Report: Arrests, Cordons, and Threats, but the Ladies in White Keep Marching
“Today, Sunday July 29th, the Ladies in White here in Holguin have suffered very strong repression“. That is how Zuleidis Perez Velazquez, member of the mentioned movement, expressed herself regarding the situation.
Perez Velazquez had denounced the day prior, Saturday July 28th, that 4 Ladies in White were surrounded in a house located just 4 houses from the Jesus Christ Redeemer of Men Church, where the activists try to march to Sunday after Sunday. This police operation culminated in the arrest of one of the surrounded women- Romelia Piña González– and her husband Arturo Aguilera, at around 5 PM on that same Saturday. Both were released at around 12:30 PM on Sunday.
Counting Romelia Piña González, Zuleidis explained that 11 arrests of Ladies in White occured in Holguin. The detainees were Glisedis Pina González, Adisnidia Cruz Segreo, Marlenis Abreu Alamaguer, Berta Guerrero Segura, Mildred Sánchez Infante, Damaris Ramírez Ballester, Kenia Guerra, Maidelin Guerrero Silva, Yoandra Garrido Silva, María Rosa Rodríguez Silva and Nelda Molina Leyva.
All these women “were arrested upon stepping out of their homes and taken to different units of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), where they were held until after 12 PM. They were then taken on bus and dropped off in desolate areas throughout Holguin, in places which were very far from their homes“.
However, Perez Velazquez pointed out that another 6 women from Holguin were able to surpass repressive political police cordons and make it to Sunday Mass in the Jesus Christ Redeemer of Men church. The women in this group were Rosa María Naranjo Nieve, Danay Mendiola, Eleini Villamonte Cardozo, Barbará Bauza, Ania Isabel Martínez Perdomo and Perez herself, who considered that this was a “grand victory” for the women, despite the fact that they remained under police vigilance during and after the Mass.
“Despite this, we managed to carry out our march”, affirmed Zuleidis to this blog.
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