Sonia Garro, a member of the Ladies in White, and her husband Ramon Alejandro Munoz, president of the Independent Afro-Cuban Foundation, have been held in prison since March of 2012 after a violent arrest by the political police days before Pope Benedict’s visit to the island. The dictatorships’ authorities have not carried out a trial for either of the dissidents and they have been subjected to various inhumane treatments.
Most recently, the digital newspaper “Diario de Cuba” published an update on Garro’s health condition, which has worsened due to the fact that she was confined to a punishment cell for 10 days.
Opposition groups, individuals and members of the Ladies in White continuously demand the release of Garro and Munoz, but they are also in need of international solidarity.
Here’s the report by ‘Diario de Cuba’, in English (My Translation):
Sonia Garro’s health worsens after spending 10 days in a punishment cell
The health of political prisoner Sonia Garro, who has been in prison without a trial for 1 year and 3 months, has worsened after the authorities of the Guatao Women’s Prison sent her to a punishment cell for 10 days, according to a denouncement made to “Diario de Cuba” by Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White.
According to Soler, two common female prisoners – used by the jailers as “provokers” to cause incidents- tried to involve Garro in a “riot” where several of the prisoners burned mattresses and left 18 injured in another Detachment.
Seeing that this did not yield the desired results, they tried to involve Garro, who was watching television at the time, trying to make her become angry by offending her. They demanded that she change the channel and that she sign a paper with slogans against the government.
Soler said that Garro, a member of the Ladies in White, asked one of the jailers to intervene, but this person simply responded “solve the problem on your own”.
The dissident tried to disconnect the television from its plug but the cable broke, explained Soler. She said that was the reason the prison authorities used to sent Garro to a punishment cell.
Among other health ailments, the activist suffers a skin infection. Doctors have ordered that she have a frequent change of hygiene and clothes, said Soler. She cited several relatives of the political prisoner, adding that Garro passed the entirety of the 10 days in the punishment cell “without being able to shower”, with the same blanket, and in “inhumane conditions” which has led to the worsening of her skin condition.
The family of Garro, the Lady in White who has spent the most time in prison and who, to the date, has not had a trial, has denounced on previous occasions that the authorities have refused her access to medical attention. She has also denounced manipulations at the hands of her jailers as well as provocations against her in prison.
Garro was detained on March 2012 along with her husband, Ramon Alejandro Munoz, during a violent operation in which the regime used specialized forces and rubber bullets.
During her arrest, the activist was injured in one of her legs and she is still suffering complications. The authorities are accusing her and her husband of “public disorder” and “assassination attempt”.
Last April, Munoz, who is being held in the Combinado del Este prison, carried out a hunger strike, was also held in a punishment cell and received a strong beating because he demanded a solution to his case, as well as that of his wife’s.
To read the original article in Spanish, click here.