Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Various Cuban dissidents were invited yesterday afternoon -- at the last minute -- to greet Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Havana.

However, they were arrested by Castro's secret police as they headed to the Nunciature.

Among those arrested were Berta Soler, head of The Ladies in White, along with her husband, Angel Moya, a former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.

Also arrested on her way to the Nunciature was renowned democracy leader, Marta Beatriz Roque.

Earlier in the day, over 20 members of The Ladies in White and at least 30 activists from the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) were rounded up and arrested, in order to prevent them from attending Sunday's Papal Mass.

Other activists arrested include former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, Librado Linares, Agustin Lopez and Carlos Olivera, who was arrested along with his wife Yenisleydis Millo, a member of The Ladies in White.

Meanwhile, the headquarters of The Ladies in White in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana remains besieged by Castro's repressive brigades.