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One week after returning to Cuba, Lady in White is missing after being beaten and arrested by Castro State Security

Yesterday, the Castro regime carried out its usual Sunday of violent repression against members of Cuba's peaceful human rights group the Ladies in White when they joined together for Sunday church services as they do every Sunday. As the women stepped out of the church after Sunday mass in the town of Palma Soriano, they were met by Castro State Security agents who began to viciously punch them and beat them with umbrellas before placing them under arrest.

Among the Ladies in White victimized by the violence of the Castro dictatorship was Belkis Cantillo, a Lady in White who just a week ago was in Brussels to take part in the long overdue acceptance of the Sakharov Prize the group had won in 2005. Ms. Cantillo was one of the women who was beaten and arrested by the Castro political police before being arrested and taken away. As of this morning, her physical condition and whereabouts are unknown.

Capitol Hill Cubans has the report:

In One Week: From Brussels to a Cuban Prison

The Castro regime has brutally beaten and arrested members of the Ladies in White upon leaving Mass in the eastern city of Palm Soriano.

The Ladies in White is a peaceful pro-democracy group composed of the female relatives of Cuban political prisoners.

Members of Castro's secret police punched and hit them with umbrellas as they exited the church, Our Lady of the Rosary.

Among those arrested was Belkis Cantillo, who just returned from Brussels this week, where she joined Ladies in White leader Berta Soler in receiving the European Parliament's Sakharov Award for Freedom of Thought.

Cantillo's current whereabouts are unknown.

(Another group of seven Ladies in White have been beaten outside the the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Santiago.)

In the picture below, Cantillo is second from the left.

More "reform" you can't believe in.

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