Arrests This Sunday Of More Than A Hundred Activists Across The Island
Arrests This Sunday Of More Than A Hundred Activists Across The Island /
Posted on July 3, 2015
14ymedio, Havana, 28 June 2015 — Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the
Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), reported early Sunday the arrest of 48
members of that opposition organization to prevent them from reaching
the Sanctuary of Cobre in the east of the country. In Havana, fifty
Ladies in White were also arrested at the end of their pilgrimage near
the Church of Santa Rita, with over a hundred arrested across the country.
The leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, and her husband, Angel
Moya, were intercepted leaving the headquarters of the movement in the
Lawton neighborhood and prevented from going to Mass, according to the
dissident Martha Beatriz Roque. Both were taken to a detention site
located in Tarará, east of the capital, where presumably they found the
other detained Ladies in White.
Other activists reported that their homes were surrounded, as was the
case with the independent reporter Agustín López Canino. The home of
this activist, in the village of El Globo on the outskirts of Havan, was
surrounded by a wide operation that he managed to evade, although later
the police intercepted him in the vicinity of 5th Avenue in Playa
So far, the complete list of those arrested is unknown. It was planned
that around five in the afternoon, the Ladies in White of Aguada de
Pasajeros in Cienfuegos would try to attend Mass at the Jesus of
Nazareth Catholic Church, where they were prevented from attending on 21
June by the church’s priest, Padre Tarciso.
Two activists from the United Anti-totalitarian Front (FANTU) are still
on a hunger strike to demand that the priest reverse his decision and
allow the women to enter the temple.
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