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Damas de BlancoDamas de Blanco - Ladies in White

The Ladies in White/Damas de Blanco are a US funded dissident group created by women whose husbands were arrested for political crimes in Cuba, namely receiving money from a foreign power, especially in the so called Black Spring 2003. Yes, you read that correctly, the US doubled down.  The very name Damas (Ladies) is an Americanism: last in use before 1959, it refers to wealthy women.

The Ladies are known for walking around in silence wearing white - the US government funded these marches at $30 per participant initially, more than a Cuban makes in a month. The price was reduced to $15 by then president Berta Soler, when she took office. The Ladies in White are allied with and supported by the usual assortment of plantocracy terrorists, including serious career criminals like CIA asset Luis Posada Carriles. The Ladies in White result from the cross between the US public relations industry and the colonial Cuban traditions of graft, embezzlement, and winner take the spoils exemplified nowadays by the CANF, Afro-Cuban Institute, Marti Noticias, and a number of other enterprises.

NED (National Endowment for Democracy) does not fund the Damas directly as NED is designed to be transparent, has to report its funding, and such funding is illegal in Cuba (as it is in the US, if you are not a registered foreign agent). However, NED funds the Damas via the Cuban Democratic Directorate in Miami, according to evidence presented by the Cuban Government in May 2008 (see Sticky fingers at “Ladies in White” in Cuba 10/28/2011 Machetera).  Another Miami organization, Rescate Jurídico, is also cited as a Damas funder and as having strong ties to the terrorist Posada in The devil wore white: Luis Posada Carriles and Ladies in White go out on a limb in Miami with Gloria Estefan  3/26/2010 Machetera: 

"Only in Miami. Despite the seventy-three outstanding first-degree murder charges against him related to the mid-air explosion of a Cubana Airlines passenger jet, Luis Posada Carriles has not been extradited to Venezuela nor has he been indicted in the United States for these crimes.  He wanders unleashed and un-vaccinated along Calle Ocho in Miami, marching alongside Gloria Estefan in support of the so-called Ladies in White:

His support of the “ladies” ought not to surprise us.  There is an important link between Posada and these “ladies.”  The link is called Santiago Alvarez Fernández-Magriña.  It’s a well established fact, admitted even by the “ladies” themselves that their organization receives $1,500 a month from Rescate Jurídico [Legal Rescue] in Miami.  Posada and the “ladies” share the same godfather.

The president of Rescate Jurídico is no more and no less than Santiago Alvarez Fernández-Magriña.  An extremely close friend and Luis Posada Carriles’ financial sponsor, Alvarez was the person who brought Posada to the United States on his boat, the Santrina, according to documents from the U.S. District Attorney’s office.  A few weeks later, he organized the famous and shameful press conference for Posada Carriles who had up until that point been “hidden” in Miami.  Alvarez is also the same person who got one of his people to place two bombs in the Tropicana nightclub in Havana.  This conversation was recorded and exposed on Cuban television."

This US based funding also emerges from WikiLeaks cables, hardly a Cuban Government controlled source. See:Damas de Blanco

Cuban activists feel abandoned amid US rapprochement 7/20/2015 Al Jazeera: "Since the early 1980s, the US government has spent more than $1bn to promote democracy and the free flow of information in Cuba, according to the US Government Accountability Office, the US State Department, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). But lately, some Cuban pro-democracy activists say they are feeling abandoned. "We're not seeing the support that we need at such a crucial time," said Berta Soler, leader of an opposition group called Las Damas de Blanco, or Ladies in White."

Heroines With Friends in High Places: Cuba’s Damas de Blanco 11/15/201  NACLA: "Although it is unclear if the United States had a role in creating the organization, classified diplomatic cables released in August by WikiLeaks show that the U.S. Interests Section requested funding for the Damas de Blanco and that working with the group figures prominently in the section’s activities. In one cable from 2008, the section requested on the Damas’ behalf a one-year grant of $5,000 from the Human Rights Defender Fund, overseen by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department. Of that sum, $3,600 was earmarked for prison visits (transportation and supplies), $1,000 to support for prisoners’ dependents, and $400 for medicines and medical supplies.4 “The Damas have received funding in the past,” the cable noted, “but we do not have any details on the sources or the amounts.”

The Ladies in White are at the receiving end of some of the more severe punishments meted out by the government and its supporters, including beatings and imprisonment. The harassment the Ladies and their families receive are known as "actos de repudio" -- acts of repudiation. They are similar in concept to the avalanche of threats Republicans and the US right mete out to "leftist" professors, anti racism intellectuals, abortion providers and the like in the US. And one wonders what the US government's response would be to Russian, North Korean, or Iranian backed demonstrators who had not registered as foreign agents. Perhaps the FBI would frame them in terrorist plots? Or the police could just beat the demonstrators, as they do regularly. Under Trump, it could be worse. If they were members of the Marcha Patriotica in the US client state of Colombia, they would simply be shot. But we do not hear much about these murders in the US corporate media which has roundly ignored them. And of course, no one tracks what happens to people in Miami who come up against the right wing nut jos there.

With the CIA's 2016 accusation that Russia pulled strings to elect Trump, Americans got a glimpse of what it feels like to be the recipient of NED style tactics. They don't like it.

-- Claude Betancourttop

Un caso importante: SONIA GARRO Y RAMÓN ALEJANDRO MUNOZPhoto: A mis EKOBIO de todas las Potencias...el EKOBIO Lazaro Alfonso, me acaba de confirmar que Ramón Alejandro esposo de LA DAMA DE BLANCO en presión es EKOBIO, nuestro y pertenece al juego USAGARE MUTANGA EFO.
Señalado por Andy Petit, 4/13

Ekobio = fellow abakwa lodge member, miembro de su potencia abakwa

A mis EKOBIO de todas las Potencias...el EKOBIO Lazaro Alfonso, me acaba de confirmar que Ramón Alejandro esposo de LA DAMA DE BLANCO en presión es EKOBIO, nuestro y pertenece al juego USAGARE MUTANGA EFO. Nuestros pensamientos en CADENAS para SONIA GARRO Y RAMÓN ALEJANDRO MUNOZ  -- Ino Martel Casuso   ==>


'Nos llaman negras payasas'. Damas de Blanco denuncian el racismo de las fuerzas represivas  3/28/2017 Diario de Cuba: El tema del payaso en los muñequitos racistas de Cuba es bien largo. Las Damas son financiado por grupos de la plantocracia en el exilio que reciben dinero de la NED/USAID. Ellas apoyan el bloqueo, lo que no es muy popular en Cuba, aun con los disidentes. Ellas están ganando su dinero, es duro, pero asi es.

Damas de Blanco denuncian en video acoso, represión y racismo  3/27/2017 Marti Noticias: "“Uno siente bien el hostigamiento y la represión en contra de nosotras, las personas negras, porque ellos se ensañan mucho, nos dan muchos golpes y nos dicen cosas discriminatorias”, dijo Aliuska Gómez, quien es Dama de Blanco desde el 2013. “El racismo directamente contra nosotros es muy marcado, las mujeres que ellos llevan nos llaman ‘las negras payasas’”, explicó Garro. “Hay muchos policías que nos dicen: ‘ustedes no se dan cuenta que son negras’, incluso si son negros esos policías. Nos dicen: ‘ustedes son negras, tienen mucho que agradecerle a Fidel, porque con el triunfo de la revolución fue que a ustedes les dieron un poquito más de posibilidades, negra’”, comentó."

Cuba: Fanaticism against a White Background  12/7/2016 Havana Times: "They couldn’t act that day because some of the women, the majority of whom are in their 60s and 70s, suffered from an increase in their blood pressure when the organized crowd confronted them with shouts, posters and wanting to hit them."

Operativos contra Damas de Blanco y multa de 2.000 pesos a un opositor  12/5/2016 Diario de Cuba: "Disidentes, Damas de Blanco y periodistas independientes de diferentes lugares del país han sido víctimas de hostigamiento y arrestos en los días del "duelo nacional" decretado por el régimen por la muerte de Fidel Castro. Entre los casos más graves estarían los del coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), Eduardo Cardet, en Holguín, y el grafitero Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto), en La Habana. Ambos fueron golpeados y llevan varios días presos."

Trump elogia a las Damas de Blanco durante un acto de campaña en Florida  10/26/2016 14 y medio: "Trump elogió a las Damas de Blanco y acusó a Clinton, quien se ha mostrado a favor de acabar con el embargo económico a la Isla, de "cerrar los ojos" ante las violaciones de los derechos humanos en Cuba."

Obama’s Cuba Visit Illustrates US Arrogance  3/24/2016 Counterpunch: "But these analysts have conspicuously ignored an important component of Amnesty International’s definition of “prisoner of conscience,” which states, “We also exclude those people who have conspired with a foreign government to overthrow their own.” Last August, Wikileaks published a memo dispatched from the US Special Interests Section in Havana to the State Department requesting $5,000 in funding for the Ladies in White. The memo also revealed that the US government had previously funded the group. It is illegal under Cuban law for Cuban organizations to receive funding from the US government, which is not surprising given that Washington’s stated objective for decades has been the overthrow of the Cuban government and socialism."

#DamasdeBlanco interrumpen servicios en un policlínico de La Habana  2/12/2016 Vision desde Cuba: "Los ahijados del Tío Sam siguen haciendo de todo para anotarse puntos con sus jefes del norte, aunque para ello tengan que boicotear servicios que con tanto empeño mantiene Cuba para todos sus ciudadanos. La más reciente “pataleta mediática” ocurrió en La Habana al mediodía del pasado 11 de febrero, cuando el Policlínico “Ana Betancourt”, en Miramar, Playa, interrumpió sus servicios debido a la presencia de las Damas de Blanco Berta Soler y María Cristina Labrada. Según publica en su blog Yaima del Sol (y reproduce el sitio Yoanislandia), luego de lanzar amenazas en alta voz a los médicos, Soler y Labrada exigieron un encuentro con la dirección del lugar, donde difamaron sobre una de las doctoras del policlínico que según estas señoras “les ha golpeado y pinchado”."

Berta Soler, agrede a vecina de Miramar  2/1/2016 Yoani$landia: "Tras sonreír de forma cínica mientras era conducida amablemente por la policía, (ver video) la líder de las llamadas Damas de Blanco, Berta Soler, aprovechó la ocasión para patear a una de las vecinas de la localidad. La mujer que recibió la patada de la “activista pacífica” forma parte de los vecinos que cada domingo rechazan la presencia de las llamadas “Damas” en las inmediaciones de la iglesia de Santa Rita, en la barriada habanera de Miramar."

Varios grupos opositores reciben el Premio Libertad Pedro Luis Boitel 2015  10/23/2015 Damas de Blanco: "Uno de los premios fue concedido al Foro por los Derechos y Libertades y recibieron el galardón tres de sus líderes, la líder de las Damas de Blanco, Berta Soler por las Damas de Blanco; Jorge Luís García Pérez, “Antúnez”, del Frente de Resistencia Cívica Orlando Zapata Tamayo, y Antonio Rodiles, director de Estado de Sats."

Cuban activists feel abandoned amid US rapprochement  7/20/2015 Al Jazeera: "Since the early 1980s, the US government has spent more than $1bn to promote democracy and the free flow of information in Cuba, according to the US Government Accountability Office, the US State Department, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). But lately, some Cuban pro-democracy activists say they are feeling abandoned. "We're not seeing the support that we need at such a crucial time," said Berta Soler, leader of an opposition group called Las Damas de Blanco, or Ladies in White."

'Esta negra no escarmienta' y 'a esta negra dale duro', decían los policías que agredían a Sonia Garro  5/6/2015 Diario de Cuba: "Damas de Blanco y opositores narran la represión que sufrieron este 3 de mayo."

ANALISIS: Las Damas de Blanco: Una Operación Psicológica de Inteligencia (OSIS) y Negra (Black Ops.) de Golpe Suave contra Fidel.  3/11/2015 Codigo Abierto: "Es incuestionable pensar que las Damas de Blanco surgieran de forma espontánea como muchos creen —incluso y con seguridad por la mayoría de sus miembros fundadores— ellas fueron el producto de un componente táctico dentro de una Operación Psicológica de Inteligencia (OSIS) y Negra (Black Ops.) montada contra La Habana desarrollada por los Servicios Especiales de los EE.UU. bajo la administración de George W. Bush, patrocinada con fondos discrecionales inicialmente provenientes de la USAID además de los aportados por el National Endowment for Democracy (NED)."

Cien Damas de Blanco piden cambios en la organización  2/26/2015 Cuba Encuentro: "Exigen la reincorporación de varias activistas separadas del grupo, y que le permitan la participación en la toma de decisiones a quienes se encuentran en el exilio"

Testimonio de Ramón Alejandro Muñoz, esposo de Sonia Garro, tras su salida de la cárcel  12/11/2014 Diario de Cuba: "Los opositores, junto a Eugenio Hernández, fueron excarcelados y se encuentran a la espera del juicio."

Apuntes sobre el Programa Cuba de la NED en el 2013  2/4/2014 Miradas Encontradas: "La Asociación de Iberoamericanos por la Libertad (AIL) recibió 60 mil dólares para promover eventos anticubanos con participación de las figuras más “ilustres” de la contrarrevolución cubana, como Yoani Sánchez y Berta Soler. Esta organización radica en España y cuenta entre sus miembros con elementos derechistas como el escritor “peruano” Mario Vargas Llosa o Antonio Guedes Sánchez, su Presidente. Su trabajo contrarrevolucionario en España lo conjuga con el de otras asociaciones como la Asociación Damas de Blanco en España, de escasísima membresía, el Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos y la Fundación Hispano Cubana."

Obama habla de Cuba entre gusanos  11/9/2013 CubaDebate: "El “aquí” era la casa del presidente de la Fundación Nacional Cubano Americana, Jorge Mas Santos, donde Obama asistió durante una hora a un evento de recaudación de fondos del Partido Demócrata, durante su estancia de medio día en Miami. “La gente como la que vemos hoy aquí” eran el mercenario Guillermo Fariñas y la jefa de las Damas de Blanco, Bertha Soler."

Exilio cubano rinde tributo a las Damas de Blanco  5/20/2013 Marti Noticias: "Al evento también asistieron los opositores Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Antonio Madrazo y Leonardo Calvo." [Miembros del CIR, Comité Ciudadanos por la Integración Racial. Vease nuestra pagina Damas en Blanco.]

Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality  5/15/2013 Racismo en Cuba: “Blacks in Cuba not only have fewer relatives living and working abroad that can send money for food and other basics, but they are also excluded from having one of the few profit-making small businesses in tourism, or paladares (small, privately-owned restaurants), or taxi services that others can access to make a living and support their families. And those who control all of this are the majority white bureaucracy that will tell you to your face that, because your parents weren’t military or part of the government, that you can’t be hired or open a small business,” Soler said. Soler recounted the beatings which she and the other Ladies in White have received for speaking out, and that the tactics of repression now included being stuck with needles to induce fear that one could be susceptible to infection and subsequently denied medical care, if the regime so chooses."

Cuba antes de la revolución y La tacita de oro  5/2/2013 Havana Times: "Berta Soler, líder de las Damas de Blanco, ha dicho en Madrid que la Cuba anterior a la Revolución, es decir, la del dictador Fulgencio Batista, fue una “joya de oro”. Escuchar esto de alguien que proclama por todas partes que su grupo tiene interés en los derechos humanos, me parece aberrante, teniendo en cuenta todo el dolor que produjo ese sangriento régimen en nuestra Patria."

Berta Soler visita la Junta Editorial del Miami Herald (Primera Parte)  4/30/2013 Nuevo Herald: "Berta Soler, lider del grupo disidente cubano, Damas de Blanco, pidio el lunes que se mantengan el embargo comercial y los li¬mites para viajar a la isla hasta que el gobierno de Raul Castro reconozca los derechos humanos."

Ladies in White denounce their leader Berta Soler and qualify as “violent”, “dictator” and “monster”  4/30/2013 Cuba Inside the World: "In the video the seven people complain that the personal allowance for every protest march before 30 convertible pesos (dollars), was reduced sharply to 15, without explanation, following the appointment of Berta Soler as head of the group, replacing the late Laura Pollan. The scandal coincides with the Sakharov Prize award to the direction of the Ladies in White, on Tuesday April 23, at the European Parliament."

Who Did Cuba’s Ladies in White Speak For?  4/29/2013 Havana Times 

Cuba’s Ladies in White leader Berta Soler praises exile support  4/27/2013 Miami Herald: "The leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White thanked Miami’s exile community on Saturday for its continued support for dissidents on the island and asked for more moral, spiritual and material help for those who seek to end the Castro regime. Berta Soler also blamed the Cuban government for the lack of economic and educational opportunities for Afro-Cubans and affirmed her support for the U.S. economic embargo against the island." [See comments that include our columnist, Alberto Jones]

Berta Soler en la Casa Bacardi  4/27/2013 Nuevo Herald: "La disidente cubana, Bertha Soler, líder de las Damas en Blanco, habló durante conferencia de prensa en la Casa Bacardi de la Universidad de Miami en Coral Gables el sábado, 27 de abril del 2013." [en el corazon de la Plantocracia!]

Castro's Launch Racist Attack Against Berta Soler  3/31/2013 Capitol Hill Cubans: "The Castro regime has released a racist video, where it depicts the leader of The Ladies in White, Berta Soler, who is Afro-Cuban, as some sort of "ignorant gorilla" character."

Cuban Rights Abuses, Jailings Up in New Repressive Wave  1/7/2013 Pulitzer Center: "Political arrests in Cuba jumped to more than 6,600 in 2012, the highest in decades as authorities shifted their strategy for dealing with growing civic resistance, dissident groups say. Cuba's communist government is using more short-term arbitrary arrests to disrupt and intimidate critics rather than slap them with long prison sentences like those used against dozens of Cubans in a crackdown on dissent in 2003. "The government has changed its tactics," said Elizardo Sánchez, director of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a Havana group that tracks political arrests. Repression is "low-profile, low-intensity" but "reaches more people.""

La NED presenta medalla por la Democracia otorgada a Laura Pollán  4/18/2012 Damas de Blanco: "La National Endowment for Democracy (NED) presentó en La Habana la Medalla de Servicio por la Democracia que le fuera otorgada de forma póstuma a Laura Pollán, la fallecida líder de las Damas de Blanco. Judy Shelton, vicepresidenta de la junta de directores de la NED, visitó en la Isla a Berta Soler, actual líder del movimiento Damas de Blanco; Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, viudo de Pollán y ex-preso político, y Laura Labrada Pollán, hija de Pollán."

Democracy Service Medal Presented in Cuba  4/17/2012 NED: "NED Vice-Chair Judy Shelton (second from right) presented it in person to Berta Soler, the leader of the Damas de Blanco movement founded by Laura Pollán; Héctor Maseda Guitiérrez, Pollán's widower and a journalist who spent eight years imprisoned by the Cuban government; and Laura Labrada Pollán, Pollán's daughter and a member of the Damas de Blanco."

Darsi Ferrer llega a Estados Unidos  1/28/2012 Marti Noticias: "Darsi fustigó además el sistema de salud cubano y el papel de potencia médica mundial que se atribuye la isla, sin ningún basamento en la realidad, según declaró. Junto a Ferrer viajaron otros cinco disidentes cubanos, entre ellos Caridad Caballero Batista, representante de las Damas de Blanco en Holguín, y el bloguero independiente Gustavo Pardo."

Cuba's Ladies in White  1/22/2012 Al Jazeera: "An undercover reporter finds out what it is like to live in a culture of fear and surveillance."

Ros-Lehtinen Concerned about Smithsonian-Sponsored Trips to Cuba  1/3/2012 US House: "“The nature of the Smithsonian’s upcoming trips to Cuba becomes clear merely by looking at the ad promoting it. The ad fails to mention that Cuba is a state-sponsor of terrorism or that Castro’s thugs repeatedly and routinely beat and harass the innocent Ladies in White while they peacefully march down a street. It does not mention that an American citizen is being held hostage by the regime simply for seeking to lift the veil of censorship that the dictatorship imposes on the Cuban people."

Ladies in White Founder Honored  12/20/2011 NED: "On December 14, NED posthumously honored Laura Pollan with the Democracy Service Medal for giving her last full measure of devotion to the cause of "Libertad."

Detrás de la cortina de humo  12/18/2011 La pupila insomne: "El domingo 7 de noviembre de 2010, en la ciudad de Banes, municipio de la provincia de Holguín, varios ciudadanos tuvieron que recibir atención médica luego de ser agredidos por individuos liderados por Reina Luisa Tamayo, como muestran varias fotografías que publicamos en La pupila insomne en aquella ocasión ante las mentiras que esta dama contó a la CNN. Pero esa conducta no es privativa de esta señora entre las “opositoras” al gobierno cubano; Tamayo integraba en Cuba el colectivo conocido como “Damas de blanco“, cuya “líder” acaba de declarar a la BBC sus simpatías por quienes en la Isla ejecuten actos terroristas como el secuestro de embarcaciones, y por otra parte la multipremiada bloguera Yoani Sánchez ha calificado a Posada Carriles como una “cortina de humo” del gobierno cubano."

The Legacy of Laura Pollán: the Struggle for Democracy and Human Rights in Cuba  12/14/2011 NED: "This event honored Laura Pollán (1948-2011), founder of Cuba's Ladies in White"

Heroines With Friends in High Places: Cuba’s Damas de Blanco  11/15/2011 NACLA: "Although it is unclear if the United States had a role in creating the organization, classified diplomatic cables released in August by WikiLeaks show that the U.S. Interests Section requested funding for the Damas de Blanco and that working with the group figures prominently in the section’s activities. In one cable from 2008, the section requested on the Damas’ behalf a one-year grant of $5,000 from the Human Rights Defender Fund, overseen by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department. Of that sum, $3,600 was earmarked for prison visits (transportation and supplies), $1,000 to support for prisoners’ dependents, and $400 for medicines and medical supplies.4 “The Damas have received funding in the past,” the cable noted, “but we do not have any details on the sources or the amounts.” It is not known whether the request was approved, but if it was, the women could be open to prosecution in Cuba under Law 88, which makes receiving U.S. government funding a crime. It remains to be seen if any of the Damas will be charged. In any case, the leaked cable has threatened to undermine the group’s credibility."

Cuba’s Ladies in White: Who stole our 20,000 dollars?  10/31/2011 Da Vibes: "The Ladies in White are known abroad for their walks, two or three times a week, in the surroundings of the Santa Rita Church in the Havana western suburb of Miramar, and for their marches bearing gladioli on Fifth Avenue, a thoroughfare that runs across this area. These marches and walks are rewarded with US$30 per participant, except for the chiefs of the group who have their own specific budget, which is the subject of quarrels at the time of sharing it."

Sticky fingers at “Ladies in White” in Cuba  10/28/2011 Machetera: "One of the “Ladies” sponsors, with financing from Washington expressly for this purpose, is a U.S. Army veteran, Orlando Gutiérrez Boronat, who runs the Cuban Democratic Directorate [Directorio Democrático Cubano], an NGO that receives substantial USAID funding to carry out subversive activities in Cuba. Gutiérrez Boronat is also a former member of the terrorist Organzation for the Liberation of Cuba [Organización para la Liberación de Cuba.] Like the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, Gutiérrez Boronat is connected with the right-wing extremists from the ARENA party in El Salvador. The money earmarked for the “Ladies” and other members of the opposition network fabricated by the USIS was “frozen” for a number of months in Washington in reaction to the various fraud scandals uncovered by the General Accounting Office (GAO), in which very well-known individuals from the Cuban-American mafia were involved."

Wikileaks Ladies in White and others exposed  9/12/2011 Pravda: "Two cables leaked by Wikileaks reveal requests for money that were made by the Chief of the Office of U.S. Interests Section in Cuba (SINA), Jonathan Farrar, for the groups of the U.S. government on the Island In one of the documents, dated July 31, 2008 - $5,000 was requested, bound for Laura Pollan, who heads the so-called "Ladies in White," along with detailed personal information, including address and phone number. The same cable is also asking $3,000 for "college teachers" with the corresponding data of a person named Roberto de Miranda, who is said to have received funding from other "friendly embassies.""

Wikileaks pone al descubierto a los "banqueros" de las Damas de Blanco  9/9/2011 Cuba Si: + video - "La aseveración de Casanova es confirmada ahora por un cable de la SINA con fecha del 31 de julio de 2008 donde, el entonces jefe de la Oficina de Intereses de los EEUU en la Habana, Jonathan Farrar, solicita nuevos fondos para dos miembros de la llamada "disidencia" cubana: Laura Pollán (de las Damas de Blanco) y Roberto Miranda (del Colegio de Pedagogos). La cifra solicitada en el cable de marras ascendía a 8 mil dólares que serían destinados "apoyar sus actividades en defensa de los derechos humanos" y serían distribuidos para sufragar los gastos de las visitas a las cárceles (transporte y suministros): $ 3.600 por un año; asegurar medicamentos y suministros médicos: $ 400 al año; apoyar a otras personas: 1.000 dólares por un año."

Links Reveal Cuban Mercenaries with US Interests Section in Havana  3/1/2011 West Indian News: "In an interview published on Monday by Juventud Rebelde newspaper, Serpa—who acted as an “independent journalist” and prepared reports on the activities of the “Ladies in White”—explained how an internal “dissident” is created. He also referred to the key role played by the Havana-based US Interests Section in instructing these mercenaries and labeled it as their headquarters in Cuba, although he pointed out that there is a group of embassies from European Union countries that also support these plans of subversion in the Caribbean nation. In this respect, he mentioned Jacek Padee, from the Polish embassy; Pete Brandel and Volker Pellet, from the Czech and German embassies, respectively; as well as the diplomatic representations from Holland and Sweden."

Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group  12/4/2010 Fire Dog Lake: "In Cuba she interacted with the feminist anti-Castro group Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in White). This group receives US government funds and the convicted anti-communist terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is a friend and supporter. Wikipedia quotes Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Argentine Madres de Plaza de Mayo as saying that “the so-called Ladies in White defend the terrorism of the United States.”

Racist white ex-elite exiles of CUBA attack "free speech" . Los Angeles  4/1/2010 YouTube: "And I wonder if anyone at the march has read the case files of those 50-some so-called "political prisoners" the Ladies in White represent? They make clear this was not about freedom of thought or expression. It is about whether or not Cubans ought to be able to work closely with (and get paid by) enemy foreign governments (principally the US)."

Posada Carriles y las Damas de Blanco, “amigos para siempre”  3/26/2010 CubaDebate 

The devil wore white: Luis Posada Carriles and Ladies in White go out on a limb in Miami with Gloria Estefan  3/26/2010 Machetera 

Cuba amonesta a diplomáticos extranjeros  12/16/2009 Nuevo Herald: "Un día antes de la citación de los diplomáticos al MINREX, la televisión cubana mostró fotos y criticó como "un acto de intromisión en los asuntos internos'' la presencia de cuatro diplomáticos occidentales en las manifestaciones, protagonizadas por activistas disidentes y miembros del movimiento cívico Damas de Blanco en céntricos lugares de La Habana. Las imágenes identificaban a Chistopher Stimpson, segundo secretario de la Embajada Británica; Volker Pellet, segundo jefe de la Embajada de Alemania; y los estadounidenses Kathleen Duffy y Dale Lawton, funcionarios de la USINT. La prensa internacional circuló fotos y videos de Stimpson en el Parque Villalón, rodeado de manifestantes pro gubernamentales que le obligaron a tomar su automóvil y abandonar el el lugar."

REQUEST FOR HRDF FUNDS FOR CUBAN ORGANIZATIONS  7/31/2008 Wikileaks: [HDRF = Human Rights & Democracy Fund, State Department] "Providing funds will be a serious challenge as the GOC will do everything in its power to block funding. Receiving funds from foreign sources makes an individual liable to prosecution and imprisonment under Law 88. That said, the Damas have gotten funds from family members in the U.S. via Western Union in the past."

Scandal Breaks in Conspiracy Involving Anti-Cuba Terrorist and US Government Office  5/21/2008 Juventud Rebelde: "Evidence of such dealings was revealed on the Cuban news/commentary program “The Roundtable” on Monday evening, as e-mail messages, videos, photos, expert fingerprint analysis and other tests carried out by the Cuba national security authorities were presented. The findings uncovers counter-revolutionary leader Martha Beatriz Roque as having received considerable amounts of money from the “Fundación Rescate Jurídico Inc,” led by no less than by the noted anti-Cuba terrorist Santiago Álvarez Fernández-Magriñá."

Cuba: US carried funds to opposition  5/19/2008 USA Today: "Cuba said the funds came from the Miami-based Fundacion Rescate Juridica, headed by Santiago Alvarez, a Cuban-American businessman once convicted in the U.S. of conspiring to collect military-style weapons to overthrow Cuba's government. Alvarez is currently serving a 10-month prison term for refusing to testify against Luis Posada Carriles, the alleged mastermind of bombings of a Cuban jetliner and hotels, and of assassination attempts on former President Fidel Castro… Rescate Juridica also arranged US$2,400 (euro1,540) for the "Ladies in White," an opposition group whose members include dissident Laura Pollan, officials said."

MOTHER OF ALL MARCHES BY CUBA'S "LADIES IN WHITE"  5/15/2006 US State Dept - Wikileaks 

Ladies in white defy police on Father's Day  6/23/2004 CubaNet: Santeros wear white too…

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