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    Berta Soler announces recall referendum on her tenure as head of the Ladies in White

    Berta Soler announces recall referendum on her tenure as head of the
    Ladies in White / 14ymedio
    Posted on February 23, 2015

    14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2015 — During a press conference this
    afternoon, Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, announced that a
    recall referendum would be held within the organization to define her
    continuity at the head of this Human Rights movement.

    Surrounded fifty Ladies in White, Soler read a statement to several
    foreign correspondents and independent media gathered near the Church of
    Santa Rita, in the Havana neighborhood of Miramar.

    According to the activist, she will submit her leadership at the head of
    the organization to a recall referendum. The date of the consultation
    will be this coming March 16, but she did not detail how the procedure
    would be carried out.

    In her statement, Berta Soler also invited the Ladies in White living in
    Miami who signed a letter last week asking for her resignation to
    “return to Cuba to fight.”

    In a letter published last Wednesday by the newspaper El Nuevo Herald,
    several founders of the Ladies in White in exile felt that the group
    needed a new direction and requested the resignation of Soler. According
    to the newspaper, 16 members of the organization in the United States
    defended Alejandrina Garcia de la Riva, another member of the group in
    disagreement with Soler.

    At the conclusion of the press conference on Sunday, the Ladies in White
    cheered Berta Soler and chanted her name.

    Soler explained that today’s march was dedicated to Orlando Zapata
    Tamayo, an activist who died in February 2010 after a prolonged hunger
    strike. The leader of the Ladies in White also said that once the press
    conference ended, the women would continue their pilgrimage beyond
    Avenida Quintera towards the neighborhood of Vedado.

    This newspaper was able to confirm that minutes after crossing the Calle
    Linea tunnel, an act of repudiation was carried out against the Ladies
    in White who, for fifteen minutes, were surrounded by people carrying
    posters with official slogans and screaming out against them. The women
    were then forced into several buses waiting near the site and driven off
    to a unknown destination.

    Source: Berta Soler announces recall referendum on her tenure as head of
    the Ladies in White / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –
    http://translatingcuba.com/berta-soler-announces-recall-referendum-on-her-tenure-as-head-of-the-ladies-in-white-14ymedio/

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