Arrest of Pro-Democracy Activists

Above, a short video sent 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 (many 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, Havana, Cuba on Sunday October 2, 2016.

Take note:

1. Of the photographs at the beginning of the video showing operatives of the Cuban political police posted around the clock during the week 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 women exit their headquarters to attend mass at the Church of Santa Rita de Casia, they display a sign that reads: ALL FOR A FREE CUBA.

3. Agents take the Cuban flag away from Berta Soler, the leader of the Ladies in White, who is eventually carried away by her legs and arms. The activists are transferred in patrol cars to detention centers where they are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment and conditions.

4. Children and adolescents are used as part of the Rapid Response Brigades (BRR) to scream insults at the activists as well as pick up and burn the pro-democracy leaflets, as well as copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that the activists disperse in the street.

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.