The Castro dictatorship in Cuba launched a repressive offensive against a group of Ladies in White yesterday afternoon in an effort to stop the women from traveling to Havana to attend their regular meetings with other members of the peaceful human rights organization.
Arrests and a police siege against the Ladies in White in the eastern part of the country
The Cuban authorities are attempting to stop the women from traveling to Havana to participate in their regular Literary Tea and Father’s Day activities
Nearly ten Ladies in White have been arrested in the last few hours in the eastern part of the country. Sources in the dissidence have denounced that authorities are attempting to stop the women from traveling to Havana to participate in their regular Literary Tea and activities planned by the movement in commemoration of Father’s day.
Former political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, coordinator for the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), reported today on Twitter regarding the arrests that took place on Monday in Santiago de Cuba of Aimée Garcés Leiva, Arelis Rodríguez, and Adriana Núñez.
Ferrer reported that Liudmila Rodríguez, Karina Quintana, Madelaine Santos, and Omaglis González have been held for the past two days in the police jails of that province. The opposition member also reported that the husband of the last lady mentioned, who is a member of UNPACU, has also been arrested.
The former political prisoner also spoke about the police siege carried out against some of the women members of the group in Moa, Guantanamo, and Santiago. He also mentioned the case of Maritza Cardoza, who resides in the town of Moa in the province of Holguin.
The political police has threatened the activist with breaking down the door of her home. “Martiza Cardoza’s home is surrounded. The thugs of the political police are warning her that she will be arrested the moment she steps outside her home.”
In the town of Palmarito Cauto in Santiago, a patrol car has been stationed to watch the home of Belkis Cantillo Ramirez, the wife of Ferrer, to stop her from traveling to Havana.