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    More Testimonies from House Raid Victims: “I was threatened that If I don’t Leave the Ladies in White, They’d Kill Us All”

    More Testimonies from House Raid Victims: "I was threatened that If I

    don't Leave the Ladies in White, They'd Kill Us All"

    Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on August 25, 2012

    After the brutal house raid which occurred in the home of Lady in White

    Glisedis Pina Gonzalez in Holguin this past Saturday August 18th, all

    the detainees have been released. Three of these activists have shared

    their testimonies with this blog, offering details of the harassment and

    threats they endured while being held in police units under the hands of

    State Security and the political police:

    Rosa María Naranjo Nieves

    Lady in White

    "The mobs of State Security agents broke into the home (…) one officer,

    in charge of matters with minors, grabbed a 14 year old and arrested

    her, nearly stripping her of her clothes. Our response was to protest

    because of this, and he beat all of us. Those women who were not hit

    inside, they were later beat outside by the mobs. In my case, they

    punched me on my back and pulled my hair. They then twisted my arm and

    shoved me into a police vehicle, which took me to the Instructional Unit

    of Pedernales. That was on Saturday, August 18th, in the afternoon and

    I was held till the morning of Monday, August 20th.

    On Saturday night, while I was in the cell, I started to get dizzy and

    desires to vomit. I told the guards I felt bad so they took my blood

    pressure, which was on 210 with 120- very high. They told me they did

    not have the medicines to take care of my blood pressure but later ended

    up giving me something and it went down slightly. When I had it on 170,

    they shoved me into the dungeon again".

    Danay Mendiola

    Lady in White

    "A MININT (Ministry of the Interior) agent whose name I did not get,

    beat us and applied immobilization locks on us. They took us in police

    vehicles. In the Unit, they beat us more. They mistreated us, insulted

    us. We were taken to the Pedernales Unit and kept there from Saturday

    to Monday. We screamed slogans like "Down with hunger", "Long live

    Human Rights", and "Freedom for all political prisoners". They

    mistreated us, we were hungry, and I feel very weak. In fact, my throat

    is in pain. But we are going to keep fighting. The more repression

    they carry out against us, the more strength we obtain to continue in

    the struggle.

    A State Security agent known as 'Chacman'- from Holguin- went to see me

    in my cell on Monday night and he told me that if we (referring to the

    Ladies in White) continued to be active, then he, and others, were going

    to kill us, because we are 'counter-revolutionaries'. He asked me what

    I gained with doing what I do. I told him the only purpose was for the

    freedom of Cuba, and that if they keep repressing us, we were going to

    get more strength. We are under total threats, every single Lady in

    White from Holguin province.

    Chacman threatened me again, saying that if I did not leave the Ladies

    in White, he was going to kill us all, little by little, and slowly.

    This happened on Monday. He went to my cell to tell me this".

    Alexei Jiménez Almarades

    Independent journalist

    "I am the husband of Lady in White Eleiny Villamonte Cardozo. I had

    left my wife in the Glisedis' house that afternoon, and when I returned

    to pick her up, I noticed that the entire entrance of the house was

    surrounded by mobs, organized by State Security. A minor was

    accompanying me- my wife's 16 year old female cousin. The mobs

    violently rushed at us. What was interesting, though, was that State

    Security alleged that the mobs were everyday neighbors, but it is

    obvious that this mobs were manipulated and sent by the

    counter-intelligence Department of Holguin.

    I was aggressively attacked, they hit me on my arms, on my ribs, and I

    thank God that I was wearing a helmet for my bicycle. They grabbed

    sticks and hit me with them, but the helmet protected me.

    Afterward, once the women were detained, I directed myself to the State

    Security Unit at around 12 AM to demand them that they release all the

    detainees. The agent known as 'The Polish' came out. He quickly called

    a police car and they detained me. Once detained, I remained in protest

    and on hunger strike, demanding freedom for the detained activists".

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