Over 150 Cuban Dissidents Arrested on Sunday, As Repression (Impunity) Intensifies

Sunday, October 18, 2015
For the 26th Sunday in a row, over 150 Cuban dissidents were arrested by the Castro regime as they tried to attend Mass, then peacefully demonstrate as part of the #TodosMarchamos (#WeAllMarch) campaign.

Among those arrested were over 80 activists from the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) in the eastern city of Santiago, including its leader Jose Daniel Ferrer, plus nearly a dozen others in Guantanamo.

Meanwhile, in Havana, over 70 members of The Ladies in White -- the renowned group composed of the wives, daughters, mothers and other relatives of Cuban political prisoners -- were arrested.

Castro's secret police also intensified a new tactic of trying to keep leaders of The Ladies in White from reaching their colleagues on Sunday morning, so it began surrounding their homes since Friday.

Such was the case of Leticia Ramos Herreria, a leader of The Ladies in White in the province of Matanzas.

Ramos Herreria was viciously beaten by police officials outside of her home on Friday. They cracked her head and injured her ribs. She has been urinating blood since.

Another police official then beat Ramos Herreria's 24-year old son, pressed a gun to his chest and threatened to kill him.

Yet sadly, for the 26th Sunday in a row, the Obama Administration has nothing to say about the repressive tactics of its new diplomatic partner.

It's "what change looks like."