Sunday, July 28, 2013

Church and Cubans stand up to repression in Cuba this Sunday

"To protect the inviolable field of the rights of the human person and facilitate the fulfillment of his duties, should be the essential task of every public authority." - Pope Pius XII, 50th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum (1941)

Another Sunday in which Raul Castro's paramilitary mobs and state security agents organized acts of repression against nonviolent activists. Nevertheless this Sunday offers cause for hope.  Ivan Hernandez Carrillo described two incidents that took place this morning in different parts of Cuba:

In Colón Father Nelson Santana stood before regime mobs preventing them from attacking the Ladies in White at the exit of the church. "You can march to your homes in peace this Sunday there won't be more repression," said Father Nelson Santana to Ladies in White of Colón. Thanks to Father Nelson Santana the Ladies in White of Colón who attended Mass could walk with six other activists accompanying them back to their homes.

In Matanzas, Cubans blocked the regime's mobs from storming the Church in Cardenas. The mob outside was threatening to kill all the activists inside the Church. The Bishop of Matanzas, Manuel Hilario de Céspedes y Garcia Menocal, inside the Cardenas church negotiated with regime "authorities" and gave protection to seven Ladies in White and eight opposition activists inside the Church.

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