Tuesday, August 28, 2012

More Testimonies from House Raid Victims: “I was threatened that If I don’t Leave the Ladies in White, They’d Kill Us All”

More Testimonies from House Raid Victims: "I was threatened that If I
don't Leave the Ladies in White, They'd Kill Us All"
Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on August 25, 2012

After the brutal house raid which occurred in the home of Lady in White
Glisedis Pina Gonzalez in Holguin this past Saturday August 18th, all
the detainees have been released. Three of these activists have shared
their testimonies with this blog, offering details of the harassment and
threats they endured while being held in police units under the hands of
State Security and the political police:

Rosa María Naranjo Nieves
Lady in White

"The mobs of State Security agents broke into the home (…) one officer,
in charge of matters with minors, grabbed a 14 year old and arrested
her, nearly stripping her of her clothes. Our response was to protest
because of this, and he beat all of us. Those women who were not hit
inside, they were later beat outside by the mobs. In my case, they
punched me on my back and pulled my hair. They then twisted my arm and
shoved me into a police vehicle, which took me to the Instructional Unit
of Pedernales. That was on Saturday, August 18th, in the afternoon and
I was held till the morning of Monday, August 20th.

On Saturday night, while I was in the cell, I started to get dizzy and
desires to vomit. I told the guards I felt bad so they took my blood
pressure, which was on 210 with 120- very high. They told me they did
not have the medicines to take care of my blood pressure but later ended
up giving me something and it went down slightly. When I had it on 170,
they shoved me into the dungeon again".

Danay Mendiola
Lady in White

"A MININT (Ministry of the Interior) agent whose name I did not get,
beat us and applied immobilization locks on us. They took us in police
vehicles. In the Unit, they beat us more. They mistreated us, insulted
us. We were taken to the Pedernales Unit and kept there from Saturday
to Monday. We screamed slogans like "Down with hunger", "Long live
Human Rights", and "Freedom for all political prisoners". They
mistreated us, we were hungry, and I feel very weak. In fact, my throat
is in pain. But we are going to keep fighting. The more repression
they carry out against us, the more strength we obtain to continue in
the struggle.

A State Security agent known as 'Chacman'- from Holguin- went to see me
in my cell on Monday night and he told me that if we (referring to the
Ladies in White) continued to be active, then he, and others, were going
to kill us, because we are 'counter-revolutionaries'. He asked me what
I gained with doing what I do. I told him the only purpose was for the
freedom of Cuba, and that if they keep repressing us, we were going to
get more strength. We are under total threats, every single Lady in
White from Holguin province.

Chacman threatened me again, saying that if I did not leave the Ladies
in White, he was going to kill us all, little by little, and slowly.
This happened on Monday. He went to my cell to tell me this".

Alexei Jiménez Almarades
Independent journalist

"I am the husband of Lady in White Eleiny Villamonte Cardozo. I had
left my wife in the Glisedis' house that afternoon, and when I returned
to pick her up, I noticed that the entire entrance of the house was
surrounded by mobs, organized by State Security. A minor was
accompanying me- my wife's 16 year old female cousin. The mobs
violently rushed at us. What was interesting, though, was that State
Security alleged that the mobs were everyday neighbors, but it is
obvious that this mobs were manipulated and sent by the
counter-intelligence Department of Holguin.

I was aggressively attacked, they hit me on my arms, on my ribs, and I
thank God that I was wearing a helmet for my bicycle. They grabbed
sticks and hit me with them, but the helmet protected me.

Afterward, once the women were detained, I directed myself to the State
Security Unit at around 12 AM to demand them that they release all the
detainees. The agent known as 'The Polish' came out. He quickly called
a police car and they detained me. Once detained, I remained in protest
and on hunger strike, demanding freedom for the detained activists".


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