Repression against Cuba’s Ladies in White on Human Rights Day

Pedazos de la Isla has a report from Cuba on the violent repression suffered by Cuba’s Ladies in White on International Human Rights Day:

Two Ladies in White Share More Details About Repression Against them on Human Rights Day 2011

Sara Marta Fonseca being arrested during beating (2010)

Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo from Havana, and Marta Diaz Rondon from Banes, Holguin, are two other Ladies in White who were repressed by the Cuban tyranny during International Human Rights Day and the days that followed.  Both women were beaten, detained, and threatened after assisting Sunday Mass in the Santa Rita Church, where they prayed for the liberation of all political prisoners as well as for the release of dissident Ivonne Malleza and her husband, both of which have been detained since last November 30th.  Both Ladies in White shared their testimonies with this blog.

Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo explains that “not a single one of us women were spared from being beat.  We were all dragged, scratched, cursed at, and shoved unto buses which took us all to different sections of the Alamar Police Unit“.  In her own case, Fonseca suffered some very brutal blows, which left her with severe pains that forced her to remain in bed for various days.  Although now better, she is still suffering serious pains.

When they arrested me and took me to the 4th Unit of el Cerro“, narrates the Lady in White, “they put me in a cell and as they dragged me by my hair they started to beat me on the floor.  There were 4 women who were hitting me with their hands open, they were pulling my hair, they hit me on my head, on my breasts, on my arms and really just all over my body“.  Fonseca explains that one of those women was caught on film while she participated in a mob repudiation attack against the dissident’s home in Rio Verde a few months back.  “This same woman twisted my arm in a martial arts lock- which are only taught to people like her, soldiers.  She told me she was going to break my arm and I replied that she could do as she wishes, but hat she will respond to it one day because she is filmed.  So she let my arm go“.

The activist added that there were about 10  to 12 other State Security agents watching everything from nearby her cell.  One of these agents gave the order to another to kick Sara Marta (this person’s name has not been confirmed).  “He was a very strong and tall man“, recalls Fonseca Quevedo, “and he just started kicking me while I was on the floor.  All the while, an official who claims to be called Arcel was just staring.  Arcel told the four women: ‘four women and you still can’t get the handcuffs on one woman‘”.  The kicking continued, specifically on Fonseca’s kidney area, the lower stomach, and her lower back.

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