Family of Ladies in White Activist Attacked, Husband Near Death

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
This past Sunday, Rosa Escalona, a member of Cuba's Ladies in White, and her family were violently beaten by agents of the Castro regime in the eastern city of Holguin.

Escalona's husband, Alberto Pedro Freire Leiva, suffered a broken spleen and massive internal bleeding. His life currently hangs in the balance.

Meanwhile, her son, Yunior Alberto Freire Escalona, suffered a skull fracture.

She made the following statement by telephone (via Cuban Democratic Directorate):

Yesterday I was detained as I was heading to church. I was once again threatened by members of the State Security who stated that they would 'finish with me and my family.' Two men came out of Lenin Hospital with iron bars and proceeded to attack us. My 25 year old son’s head was broken in two places and he received a skull fracture, my two small sons received blows throughout their bodies and I sustained direct blows to my ribs and a head. My husband, Alberto Pedro Freire Leiva, is currently in grave condition and it is not known if he will survive. His spleen was broken in two places and as a result, he has had massive internal bleeding with more than 1,000 millimeters of blood throughout his abdomen. My son, Yunior Alberto Freire Escalona, is under observation in neurosurgery where he might need to be operated. During the attack, one of the men disclosed knowing that I was a member of the 'Ladies in White' and a counter revolutionary, he warned me to be very careful of him because when he catches me on the street again he will run me and my sons over with a truck.”

Below is a picture of Escalona during one The Ladies in White's Sunday marches.

Do these peaceful women pose such a threat to Castro's regime that they are treated so violently?

Where's the U.S. Embassy or the international pressure Obama's new policy was supposed to procure?