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    A New Women’s Opposition Group is Born in the East: Citizens for Democracy

    A New Women’s Opposition Group is Born in the East: Citizens for
    Democracy / 14ymedio
    Posted on September 11, 2014

    14YMEDIO, Havana, 10 September 2014 – A schism with the Ladies in White
    has given birth to a new women’s group called “Citizens for Democracy.”
    Last Monday, during the feast of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, the
    recently created movement held it’s first public activity with a
    pilgrimage of seventy women to the Sanctuary of Cobre in Santiago de Cuba.

    Citizens for Democracy is led by Belkis Cantillo and consists mostly of
    women from Palma Soriano, Palmarito del Cauto and the city of Santiago
    de Cuba itself. At least thirty of them come from the Ladies in White
    group, from which they separated some days ago because of disagreements
    between Berta Soler and Cantillo herself.

    The reason for this separation was explained as “gross indiscipline”
    allegedly committed by several members of the Ladies in White in the
    eastern area of the country, which provoked the removal of Cantillo as
    local representative of the movement. Soler, for her part, declared that
    “every person can join or found a party or a group if they feel badly in
    another and if they are not able to abide by the rules of the Ladies in
    White.”

    Belkis Cantillo was a member of the Ladies in White from its origins in
    2003 after the imprisonment of 75 dissidents in the so-called “Black
    Spring.” Her ex-husband is the opponent Jose Daniel Ferrer, who heads
    the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).

    Berta Soler hopes that the Citizens for Democracy will “succeed as human
    rights activists.”

    Source: A New Women’s Opposition Group is Born in the East: Citizens for
    Democracy / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –
    http://translatingcuba.com/a-new-womens-opposition-group-is-born-in-the-east-citizens-for-democracy-14ymedio/