Yesterday was the 123rd Sunday of the #TodosMarchamos peaceful protest campaign in Cuba and the 123rd instance where the participants were met with violent repression and arrests by the apartheid Castro dictatorship. More than 20 women, members of the opposition group the Ladies in White, were arrested as they tried to make their way to church services.
Activists denounce the arrest of more than 20 Ladies in White to prevent them from attending church services
Former political prisoners from the Group of 75 denounced the arrests this Sunday of more than 20 Ladies in White to prevent them from attending church and participating in the #TodosMarchamos protest campaign calling for the release of political prisoners.
Opposition leader Angel Moya declared that yesterday was the 123rd Sunday of repression against the Ladies in White and other human rights activists and warned that the whereabouts of several of those arrested was “still unknown.”
According to the preliminary numbers put together by Moya, there were nine women arrested in Havana, two in Holguin, and one in Guantanamo.
Independent journalist Ivan Hernandez Carrillo also reported that 11 women in different areas of Matanzas were arrested as they made their way to church services.
At least nine women this Sunday were able to make it to church in different cities throughout the country.
Moya indicated that State Security and police operations in the capital began on Thursday around the headquarters of the all-women group as well as the homes of several of their members.
This Sunday, the group’s leader, Berta Soler was arrested upon leaving their headquarters along with Deisy Artiles. Furthermore, a young man named Yonas Burnes Varona, “who joined in our protest calling for the release of poltiical prisoners,” was also arrested according to Moya.