Cuban prelate saves dissidents from police violence
Catholic World News - February 21, 2012
A Cuban archbishop has helped a group of female dissidents escape the threat of beatings from police.
After the “Ladies in White” demonstrated for the release of political prisoners, 14 of the women reported that they had received threats from the police, and asked for safety in the basilica of Our Lady of Cobre. At least 33 members of the Ladies in White were arrested at other sites during the weekend.
When the women inside the basilica revealed that they were receiving threatening text messages from police officers surrounding the building, Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago de Cuba arrived with two vans, and escorted the women through the police lines.
The incident illustrates both the continuing repression of political dissent in Cuba and the growing influence of the Catholic Church as a buffer between political protesters and the government.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!