Castro dictatorship turns Palm Sunday in Cuba into another Sunday of violent repression and arrests of dissidents

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The violent arrest in Cuba yesterday, Palm Sunday, of Ladies in White leader Berta Soler. (Photo – Angel Moya)

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Christian Holy Week. In Cuba, it was also the 140th Sunday of the #TodosMarchamos protest campaign where the Ladies in White peacefully march to church services to pray for Cuba’s political prisoners. Nevertheless, despite being a holy day, the apartheid Castro regime took no chances. As they have done during the previous 139 Sundays of the campaign, Cuban State Security responded with brutal repression and violent arrests of Cuban dissidents.

Martí Noticias reports (my translation):

Repression against Ladies in White does not stop on Palm Sunday

Several activists were arrested in Havana and Matanzas according to the group’s leader, Berta Soler.

The Ladies in White are denouncing that on this Palm Sunday, Cuban political police broke up the activities of the women’s opposition group in Havana and other cities throughout the country.

The movement’s leader, Berta Soler, made the denouncement from the Ladies in White headquarters in Lawton, in the Cuban capital, before taking to the streets with other activists and immediately being arrested.

“Today marks 140 Sundays of repression by State Security against the #TodosMarchamos campaign for the release of political prisoners,” she said.

Soler said next week will make two years since the Ladies in White have been blocked from attending mass at the Santa Rita Church as they usually did every Sunday after marching down Fifth Avenue in the Miramar neighborhood of Havana.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.