Friday, November 30, 2012

Sonia Garro and the cost of Castro's repression

Sonia Garro Alfonso arbitrarily detained since 3/18/12
Amnesty International reported on July 18, 2012 that "Lady in White Sonia Garro Alfonso, and her husband, Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González, were arrested at their home in Havana [on March 18, 2012]: around 50 police forced their way into the house and fired rubber bullets at them. According to her sister, Sonia Garro Alfonso was wounded in the foot by one of these bullets." In the same document it is revealed that "Sonia Garro Alfonso was suffering a kidney problem before her arrest that may require surgery. "

Sonia Garro Alfonso after 2010 assault
She has also been a victim of political violence at the hands of state security agents when she took part in a march on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 23rd Avenue in Havana with a sheet with the inscription "Down With Racism & Long Live Human Rights" when she was detained by police for seven hours where she was beaten. Sonia Garro Alfonso suffered a fracture of the nasal septum among other injuries reported by the EFE newswire.

Sonia Garro Alfonso and her husband should never have been arrested, much less arbitrarily detained over these past eight months. The human cost of the dictatorship is difficult to measure but take into account that Sonia and Ramón have a young daughter who has not been able to live with her parents for all this time. Her name is Elaine Muñoz Garro and she is also a victim of the Castro regime.

Elaine Muñoz Garro


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