Considering the hundreds of peaceful activists and Christians who were violently beaten and jailed by the Castro regime during the last papal visit to Cuba, Berta Soler’s fears are not unfounded.
Berta Soler, leader of Cuban Damas De Blanco, fears Pope Francis’ visit will bring repression
More than three years ago, on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba, the Castro dictatorship unleashed a wave of repression designed to impress on Cuban opposition activists that it remained firmly in control of the island, regardless of whatever they thought a papal visit might mean.
Berta Soler, leader of the Damas De Blanco, or “Ladies In White,” said she fears it’s about to happen again, with Pope Francis scheduled to visit Cuba Sept. 19-22.
Specifically, Soler said she expects the secret police will arrest dissidents to block them from attending papal events, including Mass, and turn off their cell phone service to hinder communication among activists.
Soler noted the regime and its goons have been using similar tactics for at least 19 Sundays in a row, attacking and arresting the Damas and their supporters as they march to and/or from churches across the island.