As human rights and democracy activists in Cuba attempted to carry out the 48th Sunday of peaceful protest marches in the #TodosMarchamos (We all march) campaign, Cuba’s brutally repressive Castro dictatorship unleashed its 48th Sunday of violence and brutality against them. On Saturday, 148 peaceful dissidents were arrested and on Sunday, more than fifty dissidents, many of them women, were subjected to beatings and arrests as Obama’s Hope and Change policy continues to offer the apartheid regime both cover and support.
Police arrest fifty dissidents in Cuba to prevent them from marching
The activists were arrested at various locations in Havana and Matanzas when they disobeyed orders from the police to not leave their homes.
In another repressive offensive against the campaign #TodosMarchamos, more than fifty Ladies in White and other human rights activists were arrested on Sunday in Havana and other provinces during a police operation to stop them from gathering for a peaceful march.
The activists were arrested at various locations in Havana and Matanzas when they disobeyed orders by the political police to stay inside the the headquarters of the movement in Lawton or in their homes.
Luisa Ramona Toscano, who remained in her home that also serves as the headquarters for the movement in the Lawton neighborhood, reported the arrests to Martí Noticias.
Toscano reported that several of those arrested were beaten and handcuffed and that only 12 Ladies in White and activists were able to reach Gandhi Park.
Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, a former political prisoner and spokesman for the Independent Union Coalition of Cuba, denounced on Twitter the arrests of more than ten ladies in White. The arrested included Berta Soler and Angel Moya, along with other activists who were apprehended when they left the Lawton headquarters to make their way to Santa Rita Church.
Hernandez said that the arrests carried out by “forces of the Castro regime” were “violent, with beatings.”
— Iván Hdez Carrillo (@ivanlibre) April 3, 2016
During the morning, Berta Soler, the leader of the all-female group, said that the police operation began Saturday afternoon and continued to receive reinforcements. Nevertheless, she stated the Ladies in White were prepared to go and march although the repressive forces were in waiting to impede them.
On Saturday, 148 members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) were arbitrarily arrested in the Eastern part of the country for peacefully demanding the release of political prisoners.