The “reforms” and “changes” of the Castro dictatorship in Cuba have been highly touted and praised by journalists and “Cuba Experts.” However, the marks these changes have left on the courageous and peaceful women of Cuba’s human rights group The Ladies in White are nothing to tout or praise. In fact, these marks of brutality and violence should be denounced throughout the world.
The marks of ‘change’ on a Lady in White
The busy and heavily traveled streets of Havana where every Sunday the Ladies in White march are not necessarily the places the dictatorship chooses to demonstrate how far they are willing to go in allowing “certain liberties” to the people.
In Cuba’s interior, the blows and the humiliation are much stronger. The international press does not go there and a photograph or report takes days to reach the public light because of the difficulties Cubans have in accessing the internet and publishing their descriptions. The “peaceful struggle” is pure and hard.
The story of Leticia Ramos is just one more story of the struggle by a slender and apparently frail young woman who has an iron will.
Leticia Ramos Herreria, the representative of the Ladies in White in the Matanzas province, and another 6 women from that opposition group were violently arrested in the city of Cardenas on March 19th.
The Ladies in White had attended a Mass in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of Cuba’s Black Spring of 2003 and to pray for the liberty of all political prisoners.
The seven women were beaten and insulted by officials from the city and were detained for several hours. Of the seven women, 5 were released in the afternoon hours. But Elizabeth Pacheco and Leticia Ramos remained imprisoned until 9 pm that night (…)
Read the entire report (in Spanish) HERE.