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Video Shows Cuban Government Harassing Women Dissidents

(http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=25753)

HAVANA, CUBA, September 27 (CNA) .- Cuban dissident group Women in White has denounced state police for harassing them as they were trying to leave their offices on Sept. 24 to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mercies.

The incident was caught on video by a group member, sent to the local Hablemos Press, and posted on YouTube.

It shows agents attempting to assault the leader of the dissident group, Berta Soler, who was rescued by her companions.

Soler said the women had planned "to walk from the office to the Church of Our Lady of Mercies to attend Mass and pray for political prisoners, as we do each year."

Laura Labrada, daughter of the late foundress of the group, Laura Pollan, told international reporters that last weekend "more than 60 women were detained, deported (to their provinces) and sent to their homes" by Communist state police.

The Women in White is a group of wives and relatives of Cuban political prisoners. They carry out their peaceful protests for the release of their spouses and family members dressed in white.

The video the incident can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKsGaKn3TOc&feature=youtu.be

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