Wednesday, November 02, 2016
VIDEO SENT FROM CUBA FROM ANGEL MOYA: ARREST OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS 10/30/2016
Below, please see a link to a short video sent via email from Cuba by Angel Moya Acosta, an ex Cuban political prisoner of conscience and husband of Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White. It shows the violent arrest by gov't forces (some in plainclothes) of human rights defenders, particularly members of this peaceful feminine group dressed in white, in front of their headquarters located at: Calle E, #51 e/ Cumbre y Porvenir, Reparto Lawton, Municipio 10 de Octubre, and in other neighborhoods in Havana, Cuba on Sunday, October 30 2016.
1. Photographs at the beginning of the video show operatives of the Cuban political police posted around the clock during the week from Thursday-Sunday at strategic corners in Havana, with the purpose of stopping and preventing the peaceful activists from leaving their homes and/or reaching the headquarters of the Ladies in White.
2. As the activists and women, dressed in white, exit their headquarters to attend mass at the Church of Santa Rita de Casia, they display a sign (taken away by the agents) that reads: #WE ALL MARCH ,CONTINUALLY PRESENT and are arrested.
3. The government sponsored mob gathers in front of the Ladies in White headquarters with a Cuban flag to scream slogans after the arrest of the activists: DOWN WITH THE WORMS! THIS STREET BELONGS TO FIDEL !
4. Agents transfer all activists who exit the Ladies in White headquarters in a bus to detention centers where they are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment and conditions.
5. Ladies in White are seen arrested as they exit their homes located in other Havana neighborhoods chanting: "Freedom for Cuban Political Prisoners!", "Long Live Human Rights!", "Long Live the Ladies in White!", "Cuba Yes, Castro No!" and "Freedom for the people of Cuba!". They are driven away in patrol cars, also to detention centers.
5. The last photo shows the activists posing with the Cuban flag and the sign: #WE ALL MARCH, CONTINUALLY PRESENT inside the headquarters of the Ladies in White just before going out onto the streets on Sunday with the intention of attending mass and carry out their peaceful protests.
The Coalition of Cuban-American Women make the Cuban government responsible for the physical and mental well-being of all members of the peaceful human rights movement who struggle on behalf of freedom and justice for the Cuban people. The lives of these human rights defenders and their families in Cuba are in danger. We urgently request ongoing solidarity for these brave men and women in the island of Cuba from the international community: dignitaries, journalists, NGO's and all men and women of good will in the world.
Laida A. Carro
Human Rights Defender
Coalition of Cuban-American Women