Inhumane acts committed by paramilitary forces against Ladies in White, worsen
"Every Sunday the beatings are worse, but they will have to kill us
because we will continue going to mass."
CUBA: Inhumane acts committed by paramilitary forces against Ladies in
Online Monday, August 22, 2011
Santiago de Cuba: At 7 a.m. the homes of five human rights defenders in
three municipalities in Eastern Cuba were under siege by paramilitary
forces and by pro government mobs: three in "Palma Soriano", one in
"Palmarito de Cauto", and another one in "El Caney", to prevent the
Ladies in White and female supporters from going to the Cathedral of
Santiago de Cuba to pray for the freedom of Cuba and of all Cuban
As the Ladies in White left the home of Aimee Garces Leyva in Palma
Soriano at around 8:30 a.m. chanting the Cuban National Anthem and
"Freedom for Cuba", one hundred police, men and women, attacked them
screaming insults, dragging them, beating them up, twisting their arms,
and shoving the women inside two buses that dropped them off at
undisclosed locations. The Cuban women who suffered brutal repression
were: Isabel Peña Torres, Mildrey Noemi Sanchez Infante, Maritza Cardosa
Romero, Milagros Leyva Ramirez, Karina Quintana Hernandez, Belkis
Cantillo Ramirez, Aimee Garces Leyva, Caridad Caballero Batista, Yuremis
Gonzalez Pavo, Oria Casanova Moreno, Julia del Carmen Cairo, Yainela
Elia Depaigne and Julia Halil.
According to Belkis Cantillo, the Ladies in White even had to protect
one of their members who is deaf mute and whom the political police
mocked and tried to attack, physically.
The house of Marino Antomarchy Rivero, where almost 20 human rights
activists were gathered, was besieged by a mob of around 40 individuals
made up of military personnel and groups of elderly civilians. As Pastor
Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo tried to enter the house, he was physically
attacked by the horde.
The police prevented Yelena Garces Napoles from leaving her home to meet
with the Ladies in White.
An "act of repudiation" was held around the home of Tania Montoya
Vasquez and Raumel Vinajera Stive where ten activists were congregated.
The home of Maximiliano Sanchez was also attacked. Activists detained
were: José Enrique Martines Ferrer,Victor Campa Almenares,Angel Lino
Isacc Luna and Agustín Alonso Parada.
In the town of "El Caney", Rene Hierrezuelo's home was also attacked by
In Santiago de Cuba, the following women were detained: Maria Elena
Matos, Annia Alegre Pecora, Adriana Nuñez Pascual y Doraisa Corrioso Pozo.
The Coalition of Cuban-American Women denounces the escalating violence
committed by the Cuban regime against peaceful human rights activists
and makes an urgent call to the press and to non-governmental
organizations dedicated to the defense of human rights worldwide, as
well as to women in positions of leadership in religious, political,
educational, social, and cultural institutions.