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.


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

  • I really have to give these Ladies in White serious credit.
    What with the way they are knocked down, dragged through the dirty streets and beaten by Castro’s goons every time they demonstrate ., I am in awe of their ability to keep their white clothes so sparkling clean and in such good repair . and with the detergent shortages and all . I tell you , it’s just some sort of miracle .
    Evidently these photos were taken early and just before the Castro Brothers charged the procession with their batons and bloodied them up.

  • As usual Mr Moses gives his “slant” of who these ladies represent….an funded and backed by WHO?????

  • Freedom of association that is it. Why the government are so afraid of this ladies? If the Revolution is so powerful and has the support of the people why they are so afraid of this ladies? When the Castro dictaroship interfered in other countries with his mercenaries soldiers in Angola,Congo, or supporting with arms and Money in El Salvador, Nicaragua,Bolivia, you called Internatinalism. Give me a ducking break

  • Armed with gladiolas, backed financially by an aggressive and hostile superpower, and with unlimited public relations and propaganda support from the world Capitalist media is more like it. Like I’ve said before, they are a vulgar and insulting knock-off of the Damas de la Plaza de Mayo. They are shameless sell-outs of their country who are undeserving of so much attention when there are other who truly risks their lives to resist real injustices.

  • Given the fear these ladies strike in the hearts of the Castro regime, you would think they were the heavily reinforced US Navy Seals that took down Usama bin Laden instead of middle-aged women armed with gladiolas.

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