Marta Díaz Rondón, independent journalist and Lady in White from Banes, Holguin, had to recently undergo an operation due to internal complications and has been recuperating for various weeks. Regardless, this Wednesday 20th of June,nRondon left her home with her husband, Juan Oriol Verdecia, to direct themselves to the city of Holguin to visit their friend and sister-in-struggle Caridad Caballero Batista, also a Lady in White. However, the couple was impeded from doing so by State Security agents who threatened to detain Rondon for various days.
“We were intercepted at the bus terminal of Banes by two State Security Agents,” explained the activist, “they told me that they had orders that I could not travel out of my city, and that if i tried to do so, I was going to be detained for three days“. The agents told Rondon that they did not care that she was recently operated.
Such threats are common against human rights activists in Cuba and, in the majority of cases, Diaz Rondon pays no attention to them and continues with her plans, despite suffering arrests or beatings. However, this time, due to her delicate state of health, the activist and her husband had no other option but to return to their home.
“A repressive wave has swept throughout the island, when one least expects it State Security is already there, ready to oppress us. It is a constant vigilance“, denounces Rondon.
Though Marta is still recuperating from her health and her condition requires lots of rest, she has not stopped participating in pro-democracy activities, such as vigils, pots-and-pans protests, and reporting situations which are not included in the state media.
Nevertheless, Diaz Rondon’s health surely cannot currently withstand her being locked up for numerous days in inhumane conditions considering that during one of her most recent arrests (during the papal visit to the island) she suffered dehydration, dizziness, and fatigue. She has also been beaten on countless occasions as she tries to make it to Sunday Mass in Eastern Cuba, something which has also caused many scars and pains all over her body.
“They don’t even respect the fact that I am operated“, expressed the Lady in White.
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Marta Díaz Rondón – Cell Phone: +5352-771-639 // Twitter: @MartaDiazRondon