Over 100 Ladies in White Arrested

Monday, July 7, 2014
Over 100 members of The Ladies in White were arrested yesterday in Havana, Santiago, Matanzas, Guantanamo and Holguin, as they tried to attend Sunday Mass.

According to their leader, Berta Soler, over 50 were arrested in Havana alone.

The Ladies in White are a pro-democracy group composed of the wives, daughters, sisters, mothers and other relatives of Cuban political prisoners.

In two particularly egregious cases, Cira Vega de la Fe, the 75-year old aunt of Hortensia Alfonso Vega, a member of The Ladies in White, was intentionally hit by a police vehicle as she headed to the station in Cardenas to inquire about her niece's imprisonment. She suffered various injuries.

Meanwhile, Yida Hernandez Pena, a member of The Ladies in White in Holguin, was knocked off her bicycle by a state security vehicle, as she made her way to Mass.  She was hospitalized with head injuries.

Additionally, over a dozen activists from the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) were arrested, including its co-leader, Felix Navarro.

Also arrested was the President of the Association of Independent Cuban Educators, Roberto Lopez Ramos.

More "reform" you can't believe in.