Skip to comments.Wives of jailed dissidents urge Sheehan to visit Cuba's prisons
Posted on 01/08/2007 12:18:38 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Wives and mothers of Cuban political prisoners urged U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Monday to visit the island's state-run jails during her weeklong trip to Cuba to call for the closure of the U.S.-operated Guantanamo prison.
The Ladies in White, a group of women demanding the release of their loved ones, described what they called "inhumane" conditions at Cuba's prisons in a letter for Sheehan that was sent to international reporters. The group said it was trying to get a copy to Sheehan as well.
"At the same time you and your noble followers fight for the closure of the U.S. prison at the Guantanamo naval base ... just a few miles away at the provincial Guantanamo prison in Cuban territory, peaceful and defenseless political prisoners suffer inhumane conditions, (living) without potable water and with poor nutrition, deficient medical assistance, insects and rodents, limited visits and precarious communication," the letter said.
"We exhort you to visit the prisons of Cuba, chosen randomly, and not those prepared" by authorities, it added.
Sheehan arrived in Havana on Saturday with a dozen other peace activists and plans to attend a human rights conference in the eastern Cuban city of Guantanamo on Wednesday. On Thursday, the group is to hold a protest outside the U.S. Navy's Guantanamo base, where nearly 400 men are being held on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban.
In the letter, the Ladies in White said they are a peaceful group that faces constant harassment from Cuban officials. They also asked Sheehan to meet with them so she "could know this other reality of Cuban society."
Their jailed husbands and sons are among 75 activists rounded up in the spring of 2003 and sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 28 years. Sixteen of those prisoners have since been released for health reasons, but more than 300 human rights activists, independent journalists and members of outlawed political parties remain behind bars, according to rights groups.
Thursday's protest outside the U.S. military base will coincide with demonstrations around the world to mark the fifth anniversary of the first prisoners' arrival and demand that Washington close the prison.
Oh goodie maybe she'll disappear into one of them.
That will be the day that sheehag is going to embarrass fidel.
"We exhort you to visit the prisons of Cuba, chosen randomly, and not those prepared" by authorities, it added."
Good idea. At night. Unannounced and wearing dark colors. Run if questioned. Thank you.
Sheehan will ignore this but good for these ladies for calling her out on her hypocrisy.
LOL, could you see the images of her being led by a guard to a cell, "sure he's right in there go ahead and look...SLAM! LOL!
She should be arrested thrown in jail with the pink beast Medea Benjamin when they try toi reenter.
And then her subsequent demands that the US come and rescue her.
It doesnt fit the "Cuba good, America bad" template..
"noble followers"? Oh, Cindy Moonbat's fellow islamofascists?
I'm sure Cindy will get right on putting that prison visit on her itinerary. </s>
I wonder if they'll succeed. Sheehan made a big deal out of trying to present a petition to the White House only to be arrested:
She was arrested again yesterday, this time for throwing a bunch of petitions over the White House fence, apparently angry because the Secret Service officers would not take them from her and give them to the President
I'm sure she'll get right on that.........
Arrest them upon thier return. Send them to jaiol for many years
sheehag's new best friend, hugo, will not be amused!
Let's revoke her passport after she leaves the country!!!
I don't think this is on her AGENDA.
A visit by Cindy??
Haven't the prisoners suffered enough?
If these good Cuban women expect a nut like Sheehan to draw the appropriate conclusions, they are wasting their time.
Should this be accompanied by a "holding breath, turning blue alert?" :)
She should visit Holguin Prison. This is where women are kept in windowless concete cells three feet wide She might get an idea what real suffering is like. But there is no way that her DGI handlers will let her see anying other than Potemkin Villages. Radio Marti should announce that their plane has Cuban Dissidents on it and are escaping.
Mother Sheehan will be too busy viewing Cuba's "Potemkin Villages" and visiting Castro's sick bed to look at Cuba's gulags. Perhaps she can cut some sugar cane with Elian Gonzalez.
Isn't it illegal for Americans to even set foot in Cuba? Arrest Sheehag when she comes back.
Now there's someone who REALLY NEEDS to wear a burqua!
Sheehan's close cohort and Code Pink honcho, Medea Benjamin, spent part of the 1980's in Cuba. Old Communists are entirely incapable of learning.
Bet she and those pink idiots won't do it.
Cindy probably thinks that the Cuban prisons are a good idea...