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    Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    Capitol Hill Cubans: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana


    at 12:24 AM Sunday, September 20, 2015
    Various Cuban dissidents were invited yesterday afternoon -- at the last minute -- to greet Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Havana.

    However, they were arrested by Castro's secret police as they headed to the Nunciature.

    Among those arrested were Berta Soler, head of The Ladies in White, along with her husband, Angel Moya, a former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.

    Also arrested on her way to the Nunciature was renowned democracy leader, Marta Beatriz Roque.

    Earlier in the day, over 20 members of The Ladies in White and at least 30 activists from the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) were rounded up and arrested, in order to prevent them from attending Sunday's Papal Mass.

    Other activists arrested include former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, Librado Linares, Agustin Lopez and Carlos Olivera, who was arrested along with his wife Yenisleydis Millo, a member of The Ladies in White.

    Meanwhile, the headquarters of The Ladies in White in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana remains besieged by Castro's repressive brigades.
    The speculation by the news media about the impact of the Pope’s visit will have on Cuban society is over. Nothing has change, the Pope did not meet with the dissidents, and hundreds of them were arrested. The Pope did not addressed the human rights issues in his speech. The Castroit regime repression continuous unabated.

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    Re: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    That's a shame, but where are you getting "hundreds" of dissidents were arrested from? Doesn't say that in the linked article.

    Anyway, it's gonna take a while for that tyranny to fall.
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    Re: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    The Sacred Way
    https://generacionyen.wordpress.com/...#comment-45941

    Yoani Sanchez
    on September 8, 2015

    [img]https://generacionyen.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/calle-reina-centro-habana_cymima20150908_0010_16.jpg
    Reina Street in Central Havana. (14ymedio)[/img]

    Yoani Sanchez, 8 September 2015 — The paint drips into the cracks and holes and over the rusted metal poking through the columns and the ceilings. A colorful layer that covers over cobwebs, cracks and dirt, like make-up masks scars and wrinkles. Havana preens for the arrival of Pope Francis. The facades along the streets are touched up where the Bishop of Rome will pass by and popular humor has derisively re-baptized the path “The Sacred Way.” It is an ephemeral blush, rushed, one that the rain and the months will wash away.

    They have not been able to camouflage the people, however, with optimism. The strokes of the painters, rushing to meet their schedule, don’t cover the skin or the worries. From early in the morning, Habaneros go out with their bags hanging from their shoulders looking for food. “Not even the pope coming has put something in the shops,” complains a woman on the corner of Manrique and Salud, while a friend directs her to Galiano Avenue where, she assures her, “they have good hot dogs for sale.”
    Click link above for full article.
    Pope Francis will not be able to see the dilapidation of buildings near by the Malecón (seaside boulevard) unless he change his itinerary. Of course no chance, the regime would not allow his entourage to do that.

    Photos of the day: Havana, labyrinth of ruins
    Photos of the day: Havana, labyrinth of ruins | Babalú Blog

    By Carlos Eire, on November 18, 2014
    From Martha Beatriz Roque: images of Hell on earth.


    This building in Havana, one block from the seaside boulevard known as El Malecón, is home for several families.
    The total number of people crammed into this building is 36, ranging in age from elders in their 70's and 80's to children as young as 3. One young woman is pregnant and expecting to give birth within the next few weeks. Some of the residents live on the roof, in hand-made wooden shacks.

    No maintenance or repairs have taken place in over forty years, despite constant complaints from those who live there
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    Re: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    This is how streets in La Habana look after 495 years of its foundation. Tons of garbage due to the lack of collection that accumulate during months, where the rats, mosquitoes and roaches proliferate out of control, spreading and infecting the people with leptospirosis, dengue fever, dysentery, etc.

    The sanitary situation in La Habana has deteriorated due to these sources of contamination plus the breakdowns in water and sewer mains, which the Castroit regime has been unable to solve.

    Photos of the day: Havana, labyrinth of garbage
    Photos of the day: Havana, labyrinth of garbage | Babalú Blog

    By Carlos Eire, on November 16, 2014, at 3:11 pm


    Triumph of the Revolution, chapter 259,475, 993, section F.

    Images supplied by Cuban dissident Martha Beatriz Roque.

    Location: intersection of Maloja and San Nicolas streets in central Havana.

    Garbage everywhere, blocking sidewalks and the street. Numerous complaints to authorities, no response.

    Rats and roaches multiplying and rapidly and taking over the neighborhood.Viva la Revolucion! Vamos bien! Requetebien!


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    Re: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    This is how streets in La Habana look after 495 years of its foundation. Tons of garbage due to the lack of collection that accumulate during months, where the rats, mosquitoes and roaches proliferate out of control, spreading and infecting the people with leptospirosis, dengue fever, dysentery, etc.

    The sanitary situation in La Habana has deteriorated due to these sources of contamination plus the breakdowns in water and sewer mains, which the Castroit regime has been unable to solve.
    Ok? So we should overthrow the Castros and bring back Batista!


    Yay! Freedom! Huts! No schools! No healthcare! Wohooo!


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    Re: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    . It is obvious that this zone of the Malecón seawall was off limit to the motorcade of Pope Francis.


    Crumbling Buildings along the Malecón


    Close up of previous crumbling building along the Malecón


    Collapsed building in the Malecón

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    Cuba has no incentive to reform now. Obama has surrendered. the pope has surrendered. Cuba's dictatorship has won. the Cuban people have lost.
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    Re: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    In Havana, Pope Francis is no John Paul II
    https://www.aei.org/publication/in-h...-john-paul-ii/
    Marc A. Thiessen @marcthiessen
    September 22, 2015 10:44 am

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    This morning, the Washington Post editorial delivers a scathing review of Pope Francis’s visit to Cuba:

    The pope is spending four days in a country whose Communist dictatorship has remained unrelenting in its repression of free speech, political dissent and other human rights despite a warming of relations with the Vatican and the United States. Yet by the end of his third day, the pope had said or done absolutely nothing that might discomfit his official hosts….

    Dozens of other dissidents were detained when they attempted to attend an open air Mass. They needn’t have bothered: The pope said nothing in his homily about their cause, or even political freedom more generally. Those hunting for a message had to settle for a cryptic declaration that “service is never ideological.”

    To see how right this assessment is, contrast Pope Francis’s homily in Havana with that of Pope John Paul II 17 years earlier. (I was in the crowd in Havana on January 25, 1998, when the Holy Father delivered his moving message of solidarity with the oppressed people of Cuba).


    Pope Francis (L) and former Cuban President Fidel Castro hold hands in Havana, Cuba, September 20, 2015. Picture taken September 20. REUTERS/Alex Castro.
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    Pope Francis claimed he did not know about any political arrests while he was in Cuba. In reality more than 100 dissidents were forcefully arrested during his visit.
    Link: 142 Cubans from UNPACU arrested during pope’s visit | Babalú Blog

    Also those who tried to approach the Pope in Revolution Square were also violently arrested. Link: 3 dissidents in Cuba violently arrested after attempting to get close to Pope Francis | Babalú Blog

    Pope Francis was asked by a reporter from CNN whether he would ever meet with Cubans persecuted by the Castro regime. A reporter from Spain's El País characterized the pope as “discomforted” by the question and his answer as “evasive.” He ignored the repression unleashed against Cubans dissidents. Pope Francis fits into the old saw about see no evil, hear no evil. By the way, Jesus would have met the oppressed and not the tyrants.

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    Re: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...vered-in-cuba/

    By Nick Miroff October 7, 2015


    In this Sept. 20 photo, Pope Francis visits with Cuba's Fidel Castro, in Havana. (Alex Castro/AP)

    HAVANA -- Pope John Paul II's visit in 1998 put Christmas back on the Cuban calendar. When Pope Benedict XVI arrived in 2012, the Cuban government made Good Friday a national holiday. Both men brought the Catholic Church a bigger role in Cuba's public life.

    Pope Francis? Well, maybe all the good holidays were already taken.

    Two weeks have passed since Francis left Cuba, and there has been no sign yet that his visit -- and his rapport with Fidel and Raul Castro -- have led to any new concessions for the church.

    Prior to Francis's arrival, the government said it would pardon 3,522 prisoners, a gesture also made during the two previous papal visits. But no announcements have followed. "Nothing," said Havana religion scholar Enrique Lopez Oliva. "You'd think we would have heard something by now."
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    For many years, churches affiliated with the Apostolic Movement, an evangelical network of churches in Cuba have complained of persecution and have given evidence of repeated violations of their religious liberty. They have been denied the right to register and receive official recognition. A number of churches have been demolished without warning while others have been shut down. The Castroit regime has not given any explanation for this anti-religious campaigns of all faiths, but continues to maintain that there is religious freedom in Cuba.

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    Re: Cuban Dissidents Arrested On Way to Apostolic Nunciature in Havana

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    For many years, churches affiliated with the Apostolic Movement, an evangelical network of churches in Cuba have complained of persecution and have given evidence of repeated violations of their religious liberty. They have been denied the right to register and receive official recognition. A number of churches have been demolished without warning while others have been shut down. The Castroit regime has not given any explanation for this anti-religious campaigns of all faiths, but continues to maintain that there is religious freedom in Cuba.
    I don't think anyone outside the Castro regime believes there's truly religious freedom in Cuba. Nor is anyone under the delusion that there isn't political persecution in Cuba. So, I'm not sure what it is you are wanting to debate with this series of posts.

    Is your claim that the Pope should have somehow done more to liberate Cuba? I mean, what is it you would have expected? He denounced the religious persecution publicly during mass before tends of thousands of people and he invited dissidents to the event; had they not been arrested by the government he would have stood alongside them. What is it you were wanting him to do?

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