The Castro Ministry of Fear has let it be known that El Sexto will be freed next week, on January 28.
But it could just be another lie. They have lied to his family before.
As his girlfriend warns, it could just be some more psychological torture.
Cruelty of this sort is embedded deeply within the core of the Castronoid soul.
At La Cabaña prison, Che used to promise mothers the release of their sons and then give them their corpses.
From Fox News:
A prominent graffiti artist in Cuba who was jailed the day after Fidel Castro died for actions that appeared to celebrate the late Cuban leader’s passing, reportedly will be released on Jan. 28, his girlfriend told FoxNews.com
Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto,” has been transported to various jails since his arrest on Nov. 26. The 33-year-old dissident has not been charged with any crimes, those close to him say. He is being held in a maximum-security jail on the outskirts of Havana, according to Amnesty International, which has been monitoring Maldonado’s imprisonment and on Tuesday demanded his release.
His girlfriend, Alexandra Martinez, who lives in Miami, said she is hopeful but leery about news that Maldonado will be released. Martinez said Maldonado told her in a telephone call on Tuesday night that Cuban authorities told him they were freeing him on Jan. 28.
“We don’t know if this is just more psychological torture,” she said. “Last week, he called me screaming that they told him they were going to execute him. So it was shocking to hear yesterday that they are releasing him.”
Cuban authorities have accused Maldonado of damaging state property, though no formal charges have been pressed, according to those close to him as well as Cuban exile groups and international human rights organizations that have been tracking his situation.
Continue reading HERE.
If you’re a praying sort of person, please pray for Rosa María.
She is a modern-day Daniel, entering the lion’s den.
If you’re not a praying sort of person, ask someone else to do it for you.
Loosely translated from Marti Noticias:
Cuban dissident Rosa María Payá, daughter of murdered democracy activist Oswaldo Payá and founder of the Cuba Decide movement, returned to Cuba on Wednesday January 18 to lend her support to her fellow dissidents who are being subjected to an increase in repression.
Castro agents detained her for a while and confiscated her passport, but eventually said, “we’ll let you come in, this time.”
She says on her Facebook page that the increasing repression of the first few days of 2017 reminds her of the prelude to the Black Spring of 2003, during which 75 dissidents were rounded up and given long prison sentences.
“In the past few days an escalation in violence against all Cuban dissidents –including those of the citizen initiative Cuba Decide. Many friends have been jailed, beaten, or threatened, and they have feared for their lives.”
Payá cited the continued harassment of the Ladies in White and UNPACU as very disturbing, and also the cases of dissidents who have been arrested such as Dr. Eduardo Cardet, economist Karina Gálvez, labor organizer Iván Hernández Carrillo, Caridad Burunate, musician Luis Alberto Mariño, and artists Tania Bruguera and Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto).
“Me voy a mi casa, estaré con mis amigos,” she said. “I’m going to my home, I’ll be with my friends.”
Read the whole story HERE in Spanish — includes some of her tweets.
No fine details in this WaPo news story below, but you can bet all such details concern great benefits for the Castro dynasty and zero benefits for the U.S.
Check out the details for yourself in HERE, in this announcement from the U.S. embassy in Havana. It speaks about a lot of “information sharing” and about “designating liaison officers in their respective territories.” Yeah, liaison officers, sure.
Yeah. You know how good Castro, Inc. is about sharing anything or about being honest or disinterested in gaining any advantage. Yeah.
Then there is this little clause in there, tucked away as a non-sequitur, about “Respecting the principles of sovereign equality of states and non-interference in their internal affairs.”
Wow. Equality. Non-interference. Double wow.
Then there is a section on cooperation in “Transnational crimes” that totally ignores the issue of American criminals who are living in Cuba, immune from U.S. law.
And, then there is this bit about not allowing “Trafficking in any kind of contraband goods, including fire arms, their parts, components, ammunition, explosives, cash money and monetary instruments and other crimes involving cultural heritage.”
Santa Mierda! Never mind North Korea-bound ships full of all sorts of contraband, or the Odebrecht bribes, all the narcotrafficking, and all the personal belongings stolen from Cubans that count as cultural heritage.
It’s all forgiven…and will always be forgiven, due to non-interference clauses.
If you want to give yourself an ulcer, go ahead, read the whole thing. There are many other horrific details to be found in this sub-radar treaty.
One can only hope that the Trumpinator will somehow notice and nullify this treaty and all such others.
But… in the final 24 hours of Obama’s shameful reign, don’t be surprised if he gives back Guantanamo Naval Base, lifts the “embargo,” and reveals that a few weeks ago he sent King Raul a plane carrying billions of dollars in reparations for the “harm” done to Castrogonia by the U.S. for the past 58 years.
From the Washington Post
U.S.-Cuba sign torrent of agreements under the inauguration wire
The United States and Cuba on Wednesday signed a treaty delineating their maritime boundary in the eastern Gulf of Mexico amid a torrent of last-minute negotiations between the two governments in the outgoing days of the Obama administration.
In the past two weeks, Washington and Havana also inked agreements on joint responses to potential oil spills and other pollution in the gulf and the Florida Straits; cooperation on law enforcement and information sharing; and maritime and aeronautical search and rescue.
Teams from the two governments also held their third meeting on outstanding monetary and property claims and held discussions about cooperation on human trafficking….
… Since Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced in December 2014 that they would normalize relations, the two governments have established a number of task forces to resolve outstanding issues between them.
That process sped up considerably this month as President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration approached. Trump has said that Obama got a “bad deal” from Cuba and that Castro should have made more concessions toward civic and political freedoms on the island.
Read the whole article HERE
Distressing news received tonight January 18:
Dr Oscar Elias Biscet has been arrested by the Regime once again. Dr Biscet was last seen by his wife around noon today as he was headed for an internet venue. According to neighbors, the Regime’s security agents mounted an operation near the intersection of 7ma and Santa Catalina in Havana, where they took him in the same police car used in his unlawful arrest last week, Patrol Car 228. Shortly after leaving his home at noon his wife called his cell phone but calls were unattended. After some inquiries neighbors confirmed the arrest and sting operation to his wife Elsa Morejon, who called me to inform us of the arrest. He was released later this evening.
Dr Biscet is the recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has served approximately 12 years in prison, as a prisoner of conscience for his opposition to the Cuban regime. He is devout Christian and a committed friend of Israel.
Obama’s foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes has been interviewed by Politico.
In this interview, he claims that the Normalization Circus was planned at the White House, NOT the Vatican, as commonly assumed, and that all of the planning for the Circus was extremely secretive — so much so, in fact, that only fifteen people were involved.
Rhodes thinks this is very, very cool, because it means that he was privy to something that would “blow everybody’s mind.”
What an arrogant a**hole. In the headline above he’s only an Arschkopf, or Butt-head, for the sake of decorum.
But, truly, honestly, his behavior and attitude sum up the very essence of the term a**hole.
Well… damn!… now I have to go to confession… using “malas palabras” is a sin against the first of the ten commandments: “Thou shalt not use foul language, even with asterisks.”
Anyway, if you can stomach reading the entire interview you will see for yourself that his arrogance and a**holeness is evident in every foreign policy issue that he touches upon.
Crowley: You’d never been in government before 2009 and have had this incredible eight-year journey. What was your most amazing or surreal moment?
Rhodes: On Cuba, when I went to the Vatican, the cardinal [Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state] and his staff did not know what we were coming there to do. We told them that we were going to restore diplomatic relations and begin normalizing relations. One of the guys who worked for the cardinal, I’ll never forget, started literally crying. And I remember we had this long ceremony in this ornate room, and then I remember walking out into the streets of Rome and being anonymous and thinking, “I know something nobody else knows except for like 15 people. But it’s going to blow everybody’s mind.”
As expected, King Raul’s best friend in the U.S. pardoned a rabid Castronoid terrorist who had been serving a well-deserved jail sentence.
Puerto Rican terrorist Oscar Lopez-Rivera was among those whose sentence was commuted Tuesday by President Obama.
Oscar Lopez-Rivera helped establish the violent Puerto Rican independence group FALN (Fuerza Armadas de Liberacion Nacional, Spanish for Armed Forces of National Liberation). Back in 1999 he was offered clemency, but he stubbornly refused to renounce violence or to apologize for his crimes in order to win his release from prison.
Now he is rewarded with a Get Out of Jail Free Card by the despicable Castronoid-in-Chief, Barry Ooooooh-Bama.
National Review has a good summary of this last-minute pardon, which has long roots going back to Bill and Hillary and their acolyte Eric Holder.
Oscar Lopez Rivera Doesn’t Deserve a Pardon
Lopez-Rivera has been in federal prison since 1981, after he was convicted of seditious conspiracy and arms trafficking in connection with his leadership of the FALN, the notorious left-wing terrorist group that perpetrated more than 130 attacks on U.S. soil from the mid 1970s through the mid 1980s, killing six and wounding many more. Most members of the FALN, which purported to fight for Puerto Rican independence but maintained deep ties to Fidel Castro’s Cuba, were long ago captured and imprisoned, and many of them have already served their time and been released.
But Lopez-Rivera remains unrepentant about his crimes, and he’s hardly been a model prisoner: In one of two failed attempts to escape, he conspired with others inside and outside his prison to kill his way to freedom, attempting to procure grenades, rifles, plastic explosives, bulletproof vests, blasting caps, and armor-piercing bullets. After the FBI thwarted this plan, another 15 years was added to Lopez’s original 55-year sentence.
Then, in 1999, President Bill Clinton stunned the world by offering clemency to twelve FALN members, including Lopez, without notifying the families of the FALN’s victims beforehand. Eric Holder, at the time a deputy attorney general in Clinton’s Justice Department, had been trying to free the imprisoned radicals for two years. When then-first lady Hillary Clinton’s staff thought freeing the terrorists might help her pick up the significant Puerto Rican voting bloc in her N.Y. Senate race, they reached out to Holder for an assist.
Holder came up with a statement the terrorists would have to sign expressing remorse for their actions, Mrs. Clinton met with an advocate for the group who passed along documents to assist with the clemency, she gave the documents to her husband, and just two days later President Clinton made the surprise announcement. The plan quickly began to implode when both branches of Congress overwhelmingly condemned it and the administration failed to get all twelve terrorists to agree to its conditions. As a 30-day deadline to accept the offer approached, eleven of the twelve prisoners signed on, walking free as a stunned nation watched. Lopez-Rivera was the only prisoner to decline the administration’s offer.
Continue reading HERE
Loosely translated from Marti Noticias:
On tuesday morning, 17 January, Castro regime agents invaded and ransacked the homes of two dissidents belonging to the Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU)/ in Palmarito de Cauto, province of Santiago de Cuba.
The dissidents, Yasmani Magaña Díaz and Rubén Alvarado Reyes, were arrested by police and special forces of the Ministry of the Interior. Their wives are members of a new dissident group that has been subjected to harassment and arrests, Movimiento Dignidad, which is led by Belkis Cantillo, whose home is under constant surveillance.
Three other members of UNPACU from Palmarito de Cauto were also arrested: Omar Pérez Dominguez, Rubén Torres Saíz and Manuel Pérez Suárez.
This latest repressive act was reported to Marti Noticias by the executive secretary of UNPACU, José Daniel Ferrer.
Read more HERE in Spanish
In case you’re not Cuban and don’t know, a “chancleta” is a flip-flop, preferably hard-soled.
In traditional Cuban culture, the “chancleta” has had a long association with ill manners and the boorish behavior Cubans call “chusmería.”
A “chusma” is a boor, a vulgarian, usually full of bluster, and also usually a bully.
The Castro dynasty are chief exemplars of “chusmería.” Yes, royalty and nobility in Castrogonia are all “chusmas.”
Committees for the Defense of the Revolution and Cubans who enjoy taking part in Acts of Repudiation have also had a long tradition of perfecting the art of “chusmería.”
Part of the charm of feminine “chusma” culture is the wielding of the “chancleta” as a weapon — either in altercations with relatives or neighbors, or in the disciplining of children at home.
Use of the “chancleta” always involves the loud shouting of threats, expletives, and profanities, usually of a most colorful and inventive sort.
Okay, enough of a preface…..On to the story….
In typical “chusma” Castronoid fashion, top diplomat Josefina Vidal, one of the architects of the Normalization Circus, waved her bejeweled upper-class “chancleta” wildly at the Trumpinator yesterday, basically staging a one-woman Act of Repudiation.
Britain’s best-known leftist rag, The Guardian, (Pravda/Granma of the Midlands), gave Josefina la Chancletera a megaphone yesterday, through which she could shout her threats against the Trumpinator.
Top diplomatic negotiator in Cuba warns Trump: ‘aggression doesn’t work’
Exclusive: Josefina Vidal, who has led the island’s negotiating team since 2013, says Cuba will not be cowed by the incoming president’s bluster and threats
Senior Cuban negotiators say the island will not be cowed by intimidation and bluster from Donald Trump, despite the incoming US president’s threat to rekindle cold war animosities.
“Aggression, pressure, conditions, impositions do not work with Cuba. This is not the way to attempt to have even a minimally civilised relationship with Cuba,”Josefina Vidal, a foreign ministry department head, told the Guardian.
Cuba’s wait-and-see approach is guided by Trump’s unpredictability – and the knowledge that all previous 11 US administrations held talks with representatives from Havana despite the often hawkish public rhetoric coming from Washington.
Vidal has led the island’s negotiating team with the US since 2013, including 18 months of secret discussions, facilitated by Canada and the Vatican, that led to the joint announcement by Cuban president Raúl Castro and Barack Obama on 17 December 2014 of a normalisation of diplomatic relations.
Trump has warned that he is prepared to undo that progress. During the US election campaign, he told an audience of rightwing Cuban exiles in Miami: “All of the concessions that Obama has granted the Castro regime were done through executive order, which means the next president can reverse them and that is exactly what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands.”
But Cuban officials say that they plan to wait for action rather than words because Trump has repeatedly flip-flopped on the issue of rapprochement – and also put his business interests above his country’s laws.
Oooooh……continue reading HERE.
Sometimes the line between irony and hypocrisy is hard to discern.
Is it ironic or hypocritical for Obamanoids, Clintonoids, and Sanderoids to rail against Trump’s imigration policies?
I don’t know about you, but I’ll go with hypocritical.
Two days before he leaves the Oval Office he so ungraciously occupied, The Great Prevaricator has created precisely the kind of situation that he and his supporters accuse Trump of wishing to create.
Yes, the same man who opposed the deportation of any “undocumented” (illegal) migrants has now initiated what could be the largest mass deportation in recent U.S. history.
Yes, Mildred, all those Cubans who used to slide in here on their greasy dry feet are now being treated like the Wetbacks of old.
Aaaaah, but the migrants involved are Cubans. And it seems that the man loathes most Cubans, except for those who own and run the Castro Kingdom.
His supporters and acolytes are probably cheering too.
The infamous Oliphant cartoon has finally become a snapshot of what is actually happening rather than a mere expression of a deeply longed-for wish.
From El Jeral (The Miami Herald)
Detention has begun for some Cubans, causing anguish and fear of deportation
By Abel Fernández
Before being detained Friday at Miami International Airport, Cuban couple Aquilino Caraballo and Georgina Hernandez, 67 and 64, had visited their relatives in the United States six times.
The husband and wife, who had tourist visas for five years, did not expect any problems.
Neither did their children, Geidy and Jorge Caraballo, who live in Hialeah.
But at 3 a.m. Sunday, after waiting more than 36 hours at MIA for her parents to clear customs, Geidy Caraballo learned that her parents had been detained, separated and sent to immigration facilities — he to the Krome Detention Center in Miami-Dade and she to the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach.
“I saw my mother on Sunday afternoon,” Geidy Caraballo said through tears at her home in Hialeah. “But I do not know anything about my dad, and he has health issues.
“I talked to him by phone for a bit on Sunday and he only asked me if my mom was OK,” she said between sobs. “My dad is a guajiro (from the countryside) who does not know to express himself well or navigate the system and he comes from a nation where he cannot even speak freely.”
Caraballo, a 41-year-old optometrist who has been living in the U.S. for 18 years, said she is calmer after seeing her mother, but it was agonizing to see her wearing inmate clothing at the detention center.
“I’m more worried about my dad, because I do not know if they’re giving him his medicine,” she said.
According to Caraballo, who is a U.S. citizen, her mother told an immigration officer at the airport during their interview that they both “wanted to stay” in the U.S.
“It did not occur to them that someone with a visa for five years who wanted to stay had something to do with the wet foot, dry foot policy,” Caraballo said. “They were misinformed.”
The officer told them: “You want to stay? Now you’re going to see what it’s like to stay in the U.S.!” Caraballo said.
Her mother was frightened to the point that “they had to call rescue for her, because she got sick,” she said.
At the detention center in Pompano Beach, she was seen by a doctor, Caraballo said.
Several other Cuban-American families in South Florida are going through similar situations with relatives coming from the island, who are being held at the airport, asked questions and sent to immigration detention centers, according to Ramón Saúl Sánchez of the Democracy Movement organization.
Since the end of wet foot, dry foot policy — announced last week by the Obama administration — at least two Cubans have been sent back to Cuba, and others are being held at immigration detention centers, Sánchez said.
Continue reading HERE
Antonio Prohías, an exiled Cuban cartoonist who ended up at MAD magazine, has finally caught the eye of some culture ministers at the Smithsonian magazine.
Never mind the fact that much of their story is lifted from another publication, or that they fail to mention the artists’s first name in their article.
Never mind the slightly condescending tone and all the Cold War claptrap.
Never mind the fact that they link this story to an earlier Smithsonian article that parrots all of the worst myths about gangster-infested hedonistic pre-Castro Cuba (“Cubans grew accustomed to the luxuries of American life. They drove American cars, owned TVs, watched Hollywood movies and shopped at Woolworth’s department store. The youth listened to rock and roll, learned English in school, adopted American baseball and sported American fashions…. In return, Cuba got hedonistic tourists, organized crime and General Fulgencio Batista.”)
Prohías deserves all the attention… and much more. He was wonderfully unique.
His “Spy versus Spy” characters live on, nearly twenty years after his death, as seemingly immortal as Mickey Mouse or Alfred E. Newman.
And his anti-Fidel cartoons are among the best ever drawn by any exile in the early years of the Castronoid nightmare.
It took a Cuban illustrator to really capture the essence of Cold War intelligence and counter-intelligence for the MAD-reading public.
After penning one too many cartoons that were critical of Fidel Castro, Prohías — who was a prominent cartoonist and illustrator in his home country — headed for New York, writes Eric Grundhauser for Atlas Obscura. At the time, he didn’t speak a word of English.
“In New York, Prohías took work in a factory during the day, while working up his illustration portfolio at night,” Grundhauser writes. He changed the appearance of one of his characters from the strip he published in Cuba, El Hombre Siniestro, and gave him a counterpart: Spy vs. Spy was born.
“In 1960, just months after moving to the city, Prohías, along with his daughter Marta who acted as an intepreter, walked unannounced into the offices of MAD Magazine,” Grundhauser writes. “The editors were skeptical of the artist, but his silly spy gags won them over, and he had sold three of the strips to the magazine before leaving that day.”
His reason for going to MAD with his idea, writes scholar Teodora Carabas: he liked the magazine’s name. The Black Spy and White Spy have been a fixture in MAD ever since, appearing in the magazine’s Joke and Dagger Department. The strip’s appeal, which was one of the artist’s signature strengths, was partly its silence, writes Grundhausen. Like El Hombre Siniestro (“The Sinister Man”), the spies’ adventures were wordless, violent and hilarious, drawn in a dramatic style. Many of the jokes aren’t outwardly political, he writes, but Prohías said El Hombre was inspired by “the national psychosis of the Cuban people.”
Continue reading HERE
2017 is off to a rocky start for Fidel’s ashes.
Eastern Cuba was hit by an earthquake yesterday.
Has his Flintstone-style stone mausoleum sustained damage?
Has King Raul blamed the earthquake on the Trumpinator, as his dead brother would have done?
No word on this yet from Granma and all its international versions, including the Niuyortain (New York Times).
A moderate earthquake rocked Cuba Tuesday morning, according to reports. The quake struck about 50 miles away from the southeast coast, with tremors felt about 100 miles away from the epicenter in cities including Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Palma Soriano and Bayamo, Earthquake Track reported.
The earthquake hit at 4:08 a.m. local time nearly seven miles beneath the earth’s surface. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was 5.4-magnitude. However, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) estimated a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.There were no immediate reports of injuries of major damages caused by the quake. However, the its magnitude was felt by people near the epicenter and surrounding cities, many of whom reported on social media about experiencing aftershock tremors.
The only good news here is that he has only two more days to keep showering King Raul with gifts.
The bad news is that he can still do a lot more damage in two days, given his love for Raul, his loathing of Cuban exiles, and his subliminal disdain for the U.S.A.
Let’s see if the Trumpinator does anything about this latest outrageous insult to justice and common sense.
From U.S.A. Today:
The U.S. State Department signed a new agreement on law enforcement cooperation with Cuba on Monday, seeking to further deepen ties with the communist island just four days before the end of the Obama administration.
The agreement outlines U.S.-Cuban cooperation on a wide range of criminal and security-related issues, including terrorism, narcotics, cyber-security, immigration, money laundering, smuggling and human trafficking.
Notably, the agreement did not include a return of U.S. fugitives that Cuba has harbored, including New Jersey cop killers, Black Panther hijackers and Puerto Rican terrorists. Cuba’s continued protection of those fugitives has been a major source of congressional opposition to President Obama’s Cuban policy.
The State Department had previously confirmed that the return of those fugitives was part of the talks with Cuba, but State Department officials did not return requests for comment Monday, a federal holiday in the United States.
The agreement was signed by the de facto U.S. ambassador in Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, and the Cuban minister of the Interior, Julio César Gandarilla. Also present: Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, the architect of Obama’s policy restoring diplomatic ties to Cuba in 2014 after a six-decade freeze.
The agreement comes just a few days after the Department of Homeland Security announced that it has ended the two-decade-old “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, meaning Cubans who safely reach U.S. soil will no longer be granted legal status.
Read more HERE, at Fausta’s blog
The Most Reverend Joe Vasquez, a highly-placed American Catholic bishop has condemned Obama’s cancellation of the wet foot- dry foot policy, one of the top acts of the Normalization Circus.
This is highly unusual, given the leftist leanings of many in the American Catholic hierarchy, including Bishop Vasquez himself, who is all in favor of the Normalization Circus.
Back in Rome Papa Che has said nothing.
As everyone knows, Papa Che is the chief architect of the Normalization Circus and a great fan of the late Maximum Leader Fidel and his brother King Raul.
Whether or not this renegade bishop will be disciplined remains to be seen.
On Friday, the U.S. bishops’ migration chair criticized the Obama administration’s denial of decades-old special protections for Cuban migrants to the U.S.
“I am disappointed over the Administration’s sudden policy change to end the ‘Wet Foot/ Dry Foot’ policy for Cuban arrivals,” Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who heads the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration, stated on Friday.
“While we have welcomed normalizing relations with Cuba, the violation of basic human rights remains a reality for some Cubans and the Wet Foot/Dry Foot policy helped to afford them a way to seek refuge in the United States,” he continued.
Previously, as part of the policy in place since the 1990s, Cubans who successfully entered the U.S. without a visa could be paroled for a year and then would be eligible for residency. Those migrants who were intercepted at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard on their way to the U.S. were returned to Cuba.
Now that policy has been repealed and Cuban migrants found to have entered the U.S. without a visa will be deported back if they do not qualify for asylum.
Continue reading HERE
If it’s the weekend, then it’s time to beat up some Cuban women.
That’s the way it’s been for Castro State Security ever since the Normalization Circus set up its tents in Castrogonia, and that’s the way it was again this past Saturday.
Members of one of Cuba’s many dissident groups were harassed by Castronoid State Security agents and violently expelled from the nation’s most sacred Catholic shrine.
Nothing new here. But can anyone with a conscience just move on and ignore this latest outrage?
Of course you can … if your conscience is progressive/liberal and your religion is leftism.
These women are nothing but despicable ingrates who refuse to appreciate all the marvelous benefits bestowed on Cuba’s noble savages by the Castro dynasty.
Loosely translated from Martí Noticias
Cuban women belonging to the pro-democracy Movimiento Dignidad (Dignity Movement) were expelled from the island’s holiest Catholic shrine this Saturday..
Several women belonging to Movimiento Dignidad who had walked 17 kilometers to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity were accosted by Castronoid security agents at the shrine’s hostel and prevented from attentding Sunday Mass.
The women claim that they were violently expelled from the hostel and sent home before they could enter the shrine and attend Sunday Mass.
Yoanna Quesada, one of the women chased away from the shrine, told Martí Noticias that a Castronoid State Security agent named “Enrique” or “Enriquito” ordered the hostel to be surrounded and that she and her companions were threatened and treated roughly (“en forma grosera”) by these agents as they were physically expelled from the hostel.
Quesada also said that the leader of her group, Belkis Cantillo –also a member of the Ladies in White — begged one of the priests at the shrine, Padre Eugenio, to intercede for them, but the priest said that “he couldn’t become responsible for their lives because the repression at work was way too strong.”
Moraima Díaz Pérez, another democracy activist expelled from the shrine, said that Father Eugenio was visibly shaken, and said that he couldn’t allow them to enter the church or even to remain on its steps because they ran the risk of being “tortured, beaten, and imprisoned.”
Quesada stressed the fact they had only come there to pray (“Solo veníamos a la iglesia a rezar”).
Whole story HERE in Spanish, includes voice recordings from victims of this act of repression.
Get more details HERE from Diario de Cuba, also in Spanish. And see YouTube video HERE.