Speaking is Idania Yanes Contreras, president of the Central Opposition Coalition, Santa Clara and a member of the Women’s Movement for Civil Rights Rosa Parks. February 1, 2012.
“Well we are here at the headquarters of the Central Opposition Coalition located on the Extension of Marta Abreu 93 A between B and C in the Virginia neighborhood here in the city of Santa Clara. This march is held the first day of each month and at the moment we are surrounded by a large number of State Security and Police officers.
“Also this march… the last March we dedicated to demanding the release of Ivonne Malleza Galano and her husband Ignacio Martinez, and this march is dedicated to demand the release of Yazmín Conlledo Riverón and her husband Yusmani Rafael Álvarez Esmoris, who have been incarcerated since last January 8 and that unjustly and falsely accused of crimes. But I also take this opportunity, since February 4 marks the 99th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks, and our movement honors her name.
“From the town of Placetas: Xiomara Martín Jiménez, Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, Yaité Diosnelly Cruz Sosa, and from Santa Clara are Yanisbel Valido Pérez, Damaris Moya Portieles, María del Carmen Martínez López, and the speaker Idania Yanes Contreras.
“We are carrying a sheet that says March for Freedom and Against Impunity, Release Yazmín Conlledo and Yusmari Álvarez Unjustly Imprisoned. Rosa Parks Women’s Movement. Long Live Human Rights.
“We’re leaving here, and well, we know we aren’t going to walk very far, they are already there, and they are watching us and we are leaving here on this march.”
Beginning of March: The continuation of transcript includes the audio of the march.
Freedom for Yazmín Conlledo Riveron y Yusmani Rafael Álvarez Esmoris, Freedom ….
Long live human rights, long live …
Down with repression, Down ….
We are being arrested.
And piercing screams of pain and protest from different women.
“Don’t put your hands on my breasts, murderer, don’t put your hands on my breasts, murderer, murderer human rights violator. Do not hit me, murderer, stop hitting me, you are going to kill me, don’t put your hands on my breasts, don’t put your hands there again henchman, don’t put your hands on my breasts, don’t put your hands on my breasts, murdered, dog, Ahhhhhh! Don’t put your hands on my breasts.”
Voice of a soldier talking to another: “She has a cellphone there, she has a cell phone there.”
“Murderer, I do not stick your hands in the breasts, Ahhhhhh! … Stop that …”
Here the call was cut off. Minutes after the arrest Barbara Moya, eyewitness to the events and mother of Damaris Moya Portieles, one of the victims of the cruel and brutal act against these defenseless women, said:
“Look at the officials of State Security and the National Revolutionary Police they were all over the women in the Rosa Parks Women’s Movement, they pushed them, they threw them to the ground because there are peaceful and it took between six and seven police officers for each one the grabbed from the ground, pushing and mistreating them like the political police do in this country. There were about 20 or 30 policemen for the ladies of Rosa Parks.
“We were recording everything they were doing and the people from State Security took a blanket they brought to cover it up and put it in front of the camera so that we could not record them. We said that the world would find out all this, because even though they put that blanket up we could record something.”
February 1 2012