The group Ladies in White, the staunchest critics of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has planned to call off protests for the first time in 13 years.
The Cuban government has long banned the group’s weekly march. But the group claimed that it was their avenue to air out grievances against the government. It is mainly composed of the wives of the alleged victims of the atrocities during Castro’s reign.
Fidel Castro Dead
The 90-year-old former revolutionary leader was revered by many of its citizens after decades of rule over Cuba. But following Castro’s death, the group decided to halt protests to avoid possible tensions in this vital moment in Cuba’s history, BBC reported.
Many Cubans have questioned Castro’s legacy, especially on the account of human rights violation. This, according to reports, have resulted to thousands of Cubans fleeing their home country to avoid persecution after opposing the government. The majority of those who fled Cuba settled in the U.S., particularly in Miami.
Records of Human Rights Violation
In a report from the CBS Miami, Berta Soler, co-founder of Ladies in White, noted that they temporarily halted their traditional protests to avoid tension as different sectors mourn the death of the Cuban leader.
“We have decided, as fighters of human rights groups, to respect the pain, which we don’t share. We will respect, and have taken a recess on a national level, wherever the Ladies in White are, to not take to the streets today, to avoid provoking the government,” Soler said.
The Human Rights Watch described Castro as a leader who punished virtually all forms of dissent and opposition. The group claimed that records of human rights violation remained at high levels across the country. This is despite the fact that the revolutionary leader had long left his post.
According to the group, some of the abuses committed by Castro’s regime include surveillance, beatings, and arbitrary detention. Raul, Fidel’s younger brother soon took over the post. But even the younger Castro is also the subject of criticism for his dictator-style leadership.