Declaration from the Laura Pollan Ladies in White Movement
A Call to the International Community
The members of the Laura Pollan Ladies in White Movement make a call to all organizations defending human rights, to democratic governments, and to public opinion to take urgent action to stop the brutalities of the Cuban regime against pro-democracy activists.
A score of peaceful activists, among them former prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer, and the representative of our movement in the eastern region, Belkis Cantillo, were arrested by political police and regular agents in Santiago de Cuba province specifically in the towns of Palma Soriano, Palmarito de Cauto, and the provincial capital.
The houses of several activists were searched, ransacked, and damaged by repressive forces.
During recent months, the Raul Castro regime has increased the arbitrary imprisonment and threats against us and against all those who struggle to bring about a democratic government in our country. The state security agents tried to intimidate our women, warning them that they will be imprisoned with long sentences. We appeal to international solidarity and request that the leaders of all countries condemn the ferocity of a regime that in its final throes, mercilessly beats, harasses, and imprisons defenseless women, and human rights and pro-democracy activists.
Signed in Havana, Cuba on April 3, 2012
Berta Soler Fernandez
Representative of the Laura Pollan Ladies in White Movement