Published: April 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM
HAVANA, April 19 (UPI) -- Cuba is clamping down on protests by the
"Ladies in White" -- female relatives of political dissidents jailed
since 2003, witnesses said.
For the second consecutive week, Cuban security agents Sunday surrounded
nine women and prevented them from marching after a church service in
Havana, group member Alejandrina Garcia said.
The agents and women stood in a standoff for 3 hours in wilting heat
until the women were forced into a bus and driven to the home of the
group's leader, Laura Pollan.
"They did not let us take one step forward or backward. I was picked up
by the arms and legs and forced into the bus," Garcia told El Nuevo
Herald in a story published Monday.
Three women who felt ill from the heat were examined at a hospital,
In recent weeks, the Cuban government has called on all residents to
defend the island nation against what it calls an "enemy campaign"
protesting alleged human rights violations in Cuba.