More than 50 Ladies in White arrested in Cuba yesterday as they tried to attend church services

Mobs organized by the Castro regime outside the headquarters of the Ladies in White. (Photo: Angel Moya)
Mobs organized by the Castro regime outside the headquarters of the Ladies in White. (Photo: Angel Moya)

While the media is busy reporting on the latest tourist attractions Americans can enjoy in apartheid Cuba, the brutally repressive Castro dictatorship continues to terrorize the island’s dissidents. Yesterday, more than 50 Ladies in White were arrested by Cuban State Security agents when they attempted to attend church services. For 92 consecutive Sundays of the Todos Marchamos (We All March) campaign, these brave women have risked their lives to practice their God-given right to attend church and march peacefully in protest of Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship. And for the 92nd consecutive Sunday of the campaign, they have been violently attacked, beaten, and arrested.

Via Diario de Cuba (my translation):

Castro regime arrests more than 50 Ladies in White during the 92nd Sunday of the #TodosMarchamos campaign

Sources from the dissident movement tell Diario de Cuba that more than 50 Ladies in White were “detained” by the regime’s State Security forces this Sunday when they attempted to attend church services during the 92nd Sunday of the #TodosMarchamos campaign.

In Havana, 16 women were arrested; in Guantanamo, two; in Santa Clara, three; in Palma Soriano, 11; and in Matanzas, 19. In addition, activist and former political prisoner from the Group of 75 Angel Moya was also arrested according to Ladies in White Berta Soler, Deisy Artiles, and Leticia Ramos.

“There were 19 arrests in Matanzas. Despite the operation against us and the constant repression, 13 Ladies in White were able to make it to church. The repression continues. They arrest us as soon as we leave our homes and the surveillance operations outside our homes continue into the afternoon, past 4:00 pm,” explained Leticia Ramos.

“In Havana, 16 women were arrested. Of those, five were arrested by State Security on the corner of Porvenir. The number of arrests can increase because many of them may still be held in their dungeons,” said Deisy Artiles.

“Berta was dragged down the street by four or five policemen. Angel Moya was viciously attacked by agents. The act of repudiation was horrible. After they dragged Berta away and took Moya into custody, an elderly lady approached the front door of the headquarters and threw a can at us. The mob then began to yell obscenities and insults at us,” added Artiles.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Diario de Cuba spoke to the Ladies in White leader Berta Soler who denounced that as usual, “the organization’s headquarters is under siege.”

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.