The Weekly March of the Ladies in White

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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

  • February 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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    Juan keep up the great reportage

  • January 22, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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    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.

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