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    Cienfuegos Activists Begin Hunger Strike Because Ladies In White Are Not Allowed To Attend Mass

    Cienfuegos Activists Begin Hunger Strike Because Ladies In White Are Not
    Allowed To Attend Mass / 14ymedio
    Posted on July 7, 2015

    14ymedio, Cienfuegos, 26 June 2015 – The activists Emilio García Moreira
    and Alexander Veliz García have begun a hunger strike in the town of
    Aguada de Pasajeros, in Cienfuegos, to demand that the Ladies in White
    be given unrestricted access to the local parish. Juan Alberto de la
    Nuez, the provincial coordinator of the opposition organization the
    United Anti-totalitarian Front (FANTU), told this newspaper that the
    action started yesterday at six in the afternoon and was motivated by
    the refusal of the Padre Tarciso to allow eight of these women to
    participate in Mass last Sunday at the Jesus of Nazareth Catholic Church.

    Along with the two men on hunger strike, the Lady in White Mayelín
    García Moreira began a 24-hour fast ending this afternoon. According to
    de la Nuez it is expected that “in the coming hours other members of
    FANTU will join the strike,” and many of the several Ladies in White of
    the town will rotate in fasting. The protest is being held in House No.
    2 of Block 33 in the La Communidad settlement.

    The initiative has been accompanied by an open letter addressed to the
    priest Tarciso and with a copy to Bishop Domingo Oropesa in the
    Cienfuegos diocese. In the missive it specified that the hunger strike
    would continue until the priest asked forgiveness from those he offended
    and was transferred to another parish. However, to date it has not been
    possible to deliver the letter to its recipient, because in the church
    they told the activists that “he has been on vacation in Nicaragua.”

    In the three pages occupied by the text, what occurred is classified as
    an outrage and it is recalled that, “None of us Cubans who are
    persecuted by the rulers due to our ideas will ever reproach the Church
    you represent because the families of the five spies who were released
    in December of 2014 came to your temples to pray for their release for
    the prisons, because it is understood that the Church belongs to everyone.”

    For his part, a resident of Aguada de Pasajero, who asked for anonymity,
    told 14ymedio that the priest’s gesture had been motivated because, “The
    community that attends this church asked that the presence of the group
    not be permitted.” According to this version, Padre Tarciso refused
    entry to the Ladies in White because to allow them “would bring the
    consequence that other believers would refrain from attending to avoid
    problems.”

    “We are suffering greatly from State Securty harassment experienced by
    the people and we don’t want any more problems,” explains the same
    source. However, the Lady in White Miladis Espino Diaz points out that
    the activists only want to peacefully attend Mass because “we believe in
    God,” and she considers herself discriminated against because “some of
    those who go to the Church look down on us and take off when we walk by.”

    This Sunday, the eight Ladies in White previously excluded, accompanied
    by other supportive people, will return to try to exercise their right
    to attend Mass.

    Source: Cienfuegos Activists Begin Hunger Strike Because Ladies In White
    Are Not Allowed To Attend Mass / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –
    http://translatingcuba.com/cienfuegos-activists-begin-hunger-strike-because-ladies-in-white-are-not-allowed-to-attend-mass-14ymedio/

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