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Photos by Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES — Each Sunday members of the Cuban opposition group known as the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) march along Fifth Avenue in the more affluent Miramar District of Havana. Last Sunday, December 11, HT was on hand to capture a few pictures of the women and some of their followers.

The group, founded in 2003, first rallied on the cause of the release of their relatives and loved ones held as political prisoners by the Castro government.

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When the original prisoners were finally all released by 2011, the Ladies in White continued on, centering on the issues of freedom of speech and association, calling attention to new arrests, and their sharp opposition to the government.

They are accused by the official press of receiving support from the United States government and other foreign groups. On numerous occasions they’ve received a violent reception from police and government supporters and some have faced detentions harassment around their homes.

Last Sunday everything was calm.

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10 thoughts on “The Weekly March of the Ladies in White

  • Juan keep up the great reportage

  • The same way the cuban dictaroship backed all the terrorist groups in Latin America Tupamaros, Motoneros, Sandinistas,And Africa, Angola,Congo, end Vietnam, and the Israel OLP, USA has the right to support the oposición in Cuba I lived in Cuba until 1980 my father was a Military man that was part of the trainers to the subversive group to creat focus of conflict in Latin America. I m cuban I know details I’m not any updated nostalgicos Canadian or American.

  • Your attempt at sarcasm falls flat, John. Here are a few photos of the Ladies in White being assaulted and arrested by regime goons.

    http://www.stonecuban.com/stonecuban-cubas-1933-history/design/damas7.jpg

    http://havanajournal.com/images/uploads/ladies-in-white-march_thumb.png

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nTvVHM0ejBA/UufDTCVuD6I/AAAAAAAAQNk/ljLMf9GydUQ/s1600/represion.PNG

    http://s4.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20100317&t=2&i=77469629&w=&fh=&fw=&ll=700&pl=378&r=2010-03-17T190614Z_01_BTRE62G1H2K00_RTROPTP_0_CUBA-DISSIDENTS

  • I was in Grenada and on the day of the coup a Russian ship was in port and we were immediately put under curfew for almost one year from 6pm to 6am and would get stopped at checkpoints by people with AK 47 guns and reminded that we would be shot on sight if we out, before that they only had the old 303 rifles. We could not sleep at night as they practiced using the anti aircraft guns which they would show at parades .My older brother was in the PRA and guarded Maurice Bishops wife, who happed to be my sisters good friend. We had the inside information and knew what coming. Again, Reagan was correct !

  • If you have clear and provable evidence that Cuba supplied arms to the countries in Latin America, you should provide it to the U.S. government/State Department because they do not have any of that evidence and never did.
    I lived through those times and although the U.S. CLAIMED the Cubans were doing what you said , they never could come up with proof.
    If you remember the 1983 U.S, invasion of Grenada , one of Reagan’s 13 lies in his pre-invasion speech was that Cuba was storing arms in Grenada to subvert the Caribbean and Latin America. The invading Americans took the warehouse in which they claimed the arms were being stored and found……….antiquated , small arms that could not be used or classified as suitable for subversion.
    To put it nicely, you haven’t got a clue as to reality or history.

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