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    Ladies in White and Opponents Arrested After Sunday March in Havana

    Ladies in White and Opponents Arrested After Sunday March in Havana /
    EFE, 14ymedio
    Posted on March 20, 2016

    EFE/14ymedio, Havana, 20 March 2016 – Some fifty Ladies in White and
    other opposition members such as the graffiti artist El Sexto and
    Antonio Gonzales Rodlies were arrested in Havana today after the usual
    Sunday march of the female dissident group, which was answered with a
    counter-repudiation-demonstration by government supporters.

    At the end of the usual peaceful march after Mass at Havana’s Santa Rita
    Church, the Ladies in White tried to walk to other streets away from
    their route, where the ruling party had concentrated groups linked to
    the government which began to jeer at them.

    The incident, which with varying intensity has been repeated every
    Sunday for 46 weeks, took place a few hours before the arrival on the
    Island of the president of the United States, Barack Obama, who during
    his historic visit will meet with members of the dissidence.

    The Ladies in White along with a group of dissidents and activists from
    other opposition organizations gathered under the platform
    #TodosMarchamos (We All March) and walked some hundred yards carrying a
    banner with the inscription, “Obama, coming to Cuba is not
    entertainment. No more human rights violations,” and threw copies of the
    Universal Declaration of Human Rights on reaching a side street.

    At that point they encountered the counter-demonstration of several
    hundred government sympathizers carrying signs reading “#We All March
    for a prosperous and sustainable socialism,” and “#We All March for
    Cuba,” and shouting “Fidel, Fidel” in reference to the Cuban leader
    Fidel Castro.

    Other male activists who accompanied the Ladies in White were handcuffed
    and put into police cars.

    Even after the arrests, the pro-government group of protesters continued
    in the area and circled the block dancing to a popular conga headed by a
    contingent from the University Students Federation (FEU).

    Previously, the leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, told EFE
    that her group calls on President Obama during his visit to send “a
    clear message of support to the people of Cuba, given that the United
    States has always wanted good things and democracy for the island.”

    “We also want to demand that the Cuban government immediately release
    all political prisoners, enact a general amnesty and to stop police
    violence,” added Soler.

    Soler said that if she can talk with President Obama in Havana, she will
    him that “nothing has changed here nor is it going to change, he has
    come to a Cuba that is repressed and he will leave a Cuba that is
    repressed.”

    The first visit by a president of the United States in the last 88 years
    will begin today with the arrival of Barack Obama, who in announcing his
    trip said one of its purposes was to influence the situation of human
    rights on the island, at a time when the dissidence has denounced an
    increase in repression.

    Source: Ladies in White and Opponents Arrested After Sunday March in
    Havana / EFE, 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –
    translatingcuba.com/ladies-in-white-and-opponents-arrested-after-sunday-march-in-havana-efe-14ymedio/

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