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Ladies in White and other dissidents arrested after Sunday march in Havana

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Ladies in White and other dissidents arrested after Sunday march in Havana

As the peaceful weekly march after attending Mass at ‘s Santa Rita Church approached its end, the Ladies in White attempted to walk along other streets off their regular route, where groups of regime supporters had gathered and began to berate them.

 

The incident, with some kind of similar harassment of the group generally being repeated every Sunday for the past 46 weeks, came a few hours before the arrival on the communist island of U.S. President Barack Obama, who as part of his historic visit to Cuba is scheduled to meet with dissidents.

 

The Ladies in White, along with other dissidents and activists from other opposition groups united under the designation walked for about 100 meters (yards) carrying a banner reading “Obama, traveling to Cuba isn’t fun. No to human rights violations” and distributing copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

The counterdemonstrators they came up against carried pro-government signs and shouted “Fidel, Fidel!” and “This street belongs to Fidel” – an allusion to former Cuban .

 

About 50 members of the Ladies in White dissident group, along with other opposition figures including graffiti artist Antonio Gonzalez Rodiles, known as El Sexto, were arrested on Sunday in Havana during the ladies’ traditional Sunday march, which drew a counterdemonstration by Cuban government supporters.

 

About 50 members of the Ladies in White dissident group, along with other opposition figures including graffiti artist Antonio Gonzalez Rodiles, known as El Sexto, were arrested on Sunday in Havana during the ladies’ traditional Sunday march, which drew a counterdemonstration by Cuban government supporters.


Also published on Medium.

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