International Women’s Day in Cuba:On International Women’s Day 2013 in Cuba a woman is spitting up blood due to a beating administered to her by a male state security agent on the morning of March 7, 2013 for a nonviolent demonstration she had participated in. The attack was so brutal that they knocked her out and she had to be taken to a hospital. When she finally regained consciousness, regime agents kicked her out of the hospital. This was not the first time that she had been the object of such an attack by an official of the Cuban government. Her name is Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera and she is the president of the Rosa Parks Women’s Movement for Civil Rights.
Today her condition worsened. She complained that she was losing vision in her left eye, vomiting (that included blood), dizziness and numbness in her cheek. It appears that the attention drawn to her plight in the social media generated a reaction and tonight she was picked up and finally taken to a hospital.
Unfortunately, that does not mean that she will be provided proper care. The case of Laura Pollán and the systematic medical neglect that she was subjected to contributed to her death.
Her husband, Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez”, described Yris’s condition and the situation over twitter today: At 3:29pm he reported that “she complains of losing vision in her left eye, vomiting, dizziness and numbness in her cheek.” At 5:14pm he announced that “Right now they are moving my wife to the Santa Clara provincial hospital, they are taking her in an ambulance. Jorge Luis explained that the doctor who referred [her to the hospital], said that what “worries him is how high her arterial blood pressure is.” At 5:19pm he tweeted “We are all very sad, Pray to God for my wife.” The last tweet reported at 6:42pm that “the ambulance arrives with Yris at the pediatric hospital where they will perform a TAC on her.” The tweets ended.
Librado Linares is reporting at 7:58 pm that Yris Perez has her trapezoids very swollen, vision loss, severe pains and a possible cervical fracture from the brutal beating. He is also reporting at 7:50pm that state security agents are blocking him from visiting the hospital. “Have clash with officials Misael & Lester trying to get to the hospital where they have Yris Perez. A car brushed past me.”
Her life is still in danger. Vigilance and international solidarity is needed to save her life.
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