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Anda de parada en parada pasando los días más duros de su vida

A: La Dirección Municipal del Bienestar Social en el municipio Arroyo Naranjo.

Yo: Ernesto Alvares Díaz, vecino de calle Primera, número 234, entre Loma y Final, reparto Mendoza, municipio Arroyo Naranjo, número de carnet 75120327945, me dirijo a ustedes con el objetivo de que le den un poco de atención a aquellas personas que la requieren, los desamparados del gobierno. Esta es la situación en que se encuentra la compañera Gladis Ortiz Meza:

Gladis, era una compañera ejemplar en la comunidad en la que vivía, todos la querían por lo bondadosa que siempre fue con sus vecinos y compañeros de trabajo, pasó toda su juventud como maestra de primaria hasta que se enfermó de diabetis, lo que le provocó que le amputaran una pierna.

Desde ese momento la vida le cambio para siempre, Gladis nos cuenta que ha ido al municipio, al gobierno y al partido y nadie le ha puesto atención a su situación, peloteándola de un lado a otro sin darle la atención que se merecía, pasando el tiempo y sin ninguna solución.

Desesperada por darle un bocado de comida a su madre, decide salir para la calle en busca de ayuda de las personas, pidiendo dinero y algo de comer para poder subsistir ella y su madre. Anda de parada en parada pasando los días más duros de su vida, ya no tiene deseos de seguir viviendo. Su madre muere hace más de dos meses y no pudo ni ponerle un ramo de flores como es debido.

Personas como Gladis hay cientos en las calles de nuestra ciudad, que no encuentran solución a sus casos, habiendo trabajado para el estado como profesional parte de su vida, espero que este caso se tome con la mayor atención que se merece.

Defensores del Pueblo: Delis Ramos Ortega, Mercedes Margarita Sánchez y Niurka Caridad Ortega Cruz.

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Upon arrival, we were stripped and meticulously frisked

On August 23 we visited the CID delegation in Chaparra and met with its delegate and activists there. Leaving Chaparra we went to Puerto Padre, to meet with Ercilia, the organization’s delegate in that city. With her, we held a lengthy talk about the delegation’s work, about the work lists of the Defensoría (Defense) and other topics.

On the way back, we planned to go through Delicias to meet with that delegation’s activists, but since it was late, we decided to leave the visit for some other time, because transport to Gibara turns difficult after four in the afternoon.

On the highway leading from Holguín to Gibara we were headed off by a white Lada of the state insecurity, with agents Sandy Tejeda and Juan Carlos Espinosa  inside. They forced the car to stop in a rude and high-handed way, and forced us off with verbal aggression. We were taken to the detention unit known as Pedernales  (criminal facility) outside Holguín.

Upon arrival, both of us were stripped and meticulously frisked, and all our possessions were taken from us. We were taken to dark cells in inhuman conditions. I was put in cell #7, and Idalmis Verdecia in #23, with no access to drinking water. We were kept there for 48 hours and they didn’t even allow us to make a phone call.

On our way out, we were threatened with harsher measures if we continued visiting CID members, and were warned they could prosecute us and ewe could even go to jail. When I got my possessions back, I realize the cash in CUC is missing, and I complain and they say that money will not be returned because it is subversive money. This is another way to continue to blatantly rob. The shamelessness and immorality of repression agents is such that they do not care about anything.

As they were abusing and disrespecting us, they did not take into account that we are women. But one thing is absolutely clear: we will continue to be loyal to our cause, with greater strength. Cuba Independiente y Democrática (CID) will always have my unconditional support and that of my people. We will not falter in our work to honor Miguel and so many others who have offered their lives for justice and the Cuban people’s freedom. We are not afraid, we know the risks we run, but we will continue to pursue the dream to see our homeland enjoying true freedom.

Down with the Castro dictatorship! The struggle continues! Long live Free Cuba!

By Idalmis Verdecia Ramírez and María Teresa García Rojas, CID delegate in Gibara and defensores del pueblo (people’s defenders).