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Until When … / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

Until When … / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

Translator: AnonyGY, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

Havana, Cuba: Once again activists denounce the repression

in the Eastern provinces, against a group of women who belong to the

organization Ladies in White.

Such an embarrassing event was characterized by a group of elderly and

paramilitary people armed with many different types of sticks, some

people say, to impede the activists from going down the steps of the

sanctuary of El Cobre. Last Sunday the 19th history repeated itself at

feet of the Mother of all Cubans.

La Virgen de la Caridad, some time before the event, would welcome each

of the fervent prayers made by these women who were demanding the

release from jail of all Cuban prisoners and the end of . While

these women were listening to the Sunday mass, a few meters away from

them, the Ministry of the Interior was preparing a crowd to

repress them.

The event is repeated every Sunday in each provincial capital of the

country. Repudiation rallies, temporary detentions, withdrawal of

identity cards, the presence of police agents around the temples. These

are some of the actions taken by the Ministry of the Interior police to

stop these brave women, recognized by different international awards,

from attending the churches.

These events are are not unknown to the Cuban ecclesiastic authorities,

institutions that become accomplices of such provocative acts, carried

out in their own headquarters by the Cuban authorities and their

ambassadors of terror.

Maybe this is only the advance of what it will be like for these women

when the Holy Pope visits the island next March. Just to think of the

fact that Pope Benedicto XVI will be in the same place where Sunday

after Sunday these women are repressed and besieged by persons without

scruples before faith, makes me feel scared.

It can be imagined the Holy Pope accompanied by his followers all

dressed in white going up and down in the presence of the Virgin. They

would be surprised by the fact that wearing white clothing, they would

be considered mercenaries or receive the repudiation of such orchestras

prepared to repress unprotected women as well as human right activists.

Such a fact can only be thought in our minds, we know it is not going to

happen, but we will continue asking ourselves how a government which

proclaims women's rights, social equity, equality and like that

of speech just to mention an example, why it does not let women today

walk along the streets claiming freedom for their loved ones?

Is it something that other women in a different time did not do?

It is a regrettable situation under which Ladies in White live. We must

trust in that God who provides their strength, that soon there will be

no tears in their eyes. We trust in God that soon their husbands,

relatives and friends in return home.

As we can see, before the rage of those shaking on the throne before the

encouragement of this group of women throughout the country, others like

me will keep on asking themselves, until when will things like this happen.

Note the Increase of Violence Against Prisoners with /.

The Cuban Alliance Against AIDS before the increasing number of beatings

in the Cuban jails of prisoners with HIV/AIDS, is calling on

international organizations of Human Rights to demand Havana to stop

these violations to which prisoners with such disease are submitted.

The violence against prisoners of both sexes is known, the incorrect use

of punishment in the isolation cells and the increase of self

aggressions as a protest to a whole string of violations on the side of

the penal authorities.

To all this, we can add the extremely bad medical assistance, the lack

of , malnutrition and humiliating treatment.

The Cuban Alliance Against AIDS alerts the world and asks to stop these

violations which put in danger the physical integrity of Cuban prisoners

affected by HIV/AIDS in the six penitentiaries in the island.

Ignacio Estrada Cepero

Executive Director

Cuban Alliance Against AIDS

Twitter: @desidahoy

Translated by AnonyGY

February 20 2012

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