March 21, 2012
The Women in White, a prominent group opposing the Castro regime, has
announced plans to have representatives at all public appearances by
Pope Benedict XVI during the Pontiff's visit to Cuba on March 26-28.
Berta Soler, the leader of the Women in White, told reporters that the
government was trying to persuade the group to stay away from public
events during the papal visit. The women will refuse to accede to that
request, she said. "In the face of repression, we become more united and
Cuban authorities arrested several members of the group last weekend,
although they were quickly released. Soler charges that the Castro
regime has stepped up its efforts to quiet political opponents in the
days before the papal visit.