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Cuba: HRF Condemns Ongoing Attacks Against the Ladies in White

Ladies in White abused by police and paramilitary groups New York, Aug. 7.─ The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the ongoing attacks made against the Cuban civil society group the Ladies in White. The most recent incident occurred on July 14, as the group performed a peaceful Sunday march for freedom and human rights after visiting the church of San José de Colón in Matanzas Province. A group of government supporters cut off the protest and proceeded to beat and harass the group members, striking and shouting insults at the 12 female members of the group.

Sayli Navarro, a group member who took part in the march on July 14, stated that after the mob attacked the peaceful protest, the Ladies took refuge in the home of one of the group members, where "the mob gathered outside her house" and "they began to carry out an 'act of repudiation,'" throwing objects at the women and shouting insults.

On August 4, the Ladies in White asked Dionisio García Ibáñez, the Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, to intervene on their behalf and request that the Cuban government stop the regime's repressive actions against them.

That same day, while a group of Ladies attended mass in the southeastern city of Cárdenas, a crowd of government supporters gathered outside the church and waited for the members to come out. However, the Ladies were able to elude the mob and return to their homes unharmed.

"These recent events remind us that the campaign of harassment, persecution, hostility, and threats against the Ladies in White is an ongoing pattern of militant behavior sponsored and directed by the Casto regime," said HRF president Thor Halvorssen ...

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