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Castro Regime Arrests Nearly 50 Ladies in White Activists Throughout Cuba

By: Karina Martín - Apr 25, 2017, 10:27 am
The Cuban government has unleashed a new round of repression against the Ladies in White (
The Cuban government has unleashed a new round of repression against the Ladies in White (Twitter).

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The Cuban regime arrested nearly 50 “Ladies in White” on Sunday, April 23, in different parts of the country, after a three-day police operation against that opposition organization.

The operation carried out by the state security forces and the Cuban Police arrested some 20 members of the group in Havana alone.

The operation was also carried out in municipalities of the provinces of Matanzas, Havana, Ciego de Avila, Palma Soriano, and Guantánamo.

Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies, had already denounced before being detained that both the Department of State Security and the National Revolutionary Police had “besieged the headquarters to prevent the ladies from entering, and assaulting” those who were inside.

“We have already endured 98 repressive Sundays at the hands of the Department of State Security against the #We All Campaign for the freedom of political prisoners,” Soler said.

Las Damas de Blanco, as its known in Spanish, is one of the most active opposition organizations against the Cuban regime. Every Sunday women go out to try to go to mass and claim the release of political prisoners, despite constant repression.

On this occasion, lady Aliuska Gómez García narrated what happened: “The arrest was violent. Paramilitaries and members of the State Security brigades dragged Berta Soler down the pavement, and Damas Deisy Artiles and Cecilia Guerra as well. Activists Angel Moya and Oscar Sánchez Magán also were subjected to strangling techniques.”

Activist Lucía López Rondón was “beaten by the police patrol, which took her to a municipality far away where she lives,” he continued.

In addition, she reported that she and Lady Sodrelis Turruella were “verbally abused for more than 30 minutes, victims of racial insults and gender violence.”

The movement has received considerable international exposure. In 2005 they won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament. They have also been subject to perpetual crackdowns by the Cuban regime.

Sources: Cubanet, Martinoticias, Diario de Cuba

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

UN Report on Venezuelan Hunger Is a Far Cry From Award Presented Two Years Prior

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Apr 25, 2017, 10:24 am
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EspañolTwo years after honoring Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro for effectively lowering poverty and hunger in the country, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations is denouncing his policies, which have led to a nationwide food crisis. "The worsening economic situation in Venezuela could cause a severe shortage of consumer goods, including food and medicine, so food security needs to be monitored," the 2017 FAO Global Food Crisis Report said, Despite lacking information that was provided by the rest of the countries, the United Nations decided to include Venezuela on its list of countries that could face a severe food crisis. Venezuela is in the company of North Korea, Libya, Myanmar and Pakistan. Other countries with serious hunger problems, and which did provide information, included Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Chad, Madagascar and Niger. Read More: Timochenko to FARC: Prepare to Take up Arms if Peace Deal Fails Read More: Trump’s Refugee Ban Could Affect Cuban Doctors Fleeing Serfdom In 2015, Venezuela Vice President Jorge Arreaza was given recognition from FAO Director Jose Graziano Da Silva for work reducing poverty and hunger. "Twenty-nine countries have managed to achieve these two goals simultaneously," Graziano said at the time. "I am happy that Venezuela is among them." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); FAO relied on figures provided by the Venezuelan state showing that it managed to reduce hunger from 13.5 percent between 1990 and 1992 to five percent between 2007 and 2012. On that occasion, renowned Argentine columnist Andres Oppenheimer, said: "It seems like a joke, but it is not: Venezuela, a country with an alarming food shortages, where people have to stand in line for milk, flour or meat, has just received that award." "It seems that in its eagerness to play a leading role, FAO has given everyone prizes, regardless of the fact that some countries — like Venezuela and Argentina — invent their statistics and have squandered their recent economic bonanza," Oppenheimer said. "FAO makes it difficult to take UN agencies seriously." Source: El Estímulo

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