Sonia Garro (Photo: Cuban Money Project)
Cuban democracy activists on Monday requested that Amnesty International declare Cuban political prisoner Sonia Garro Alfonso a "prisoner of conscience," jailed only because of her political beliefs and peaceful opposition to the Castro regime.
Garro, a member of the Damas De Blanco ("Ladies In White") and her husband were arrested in March 2012, during a wave of repression before Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the island. She remains in jail facing charges of "attempted murder" and "public disorder," although she has yet to be brought to trial.
"In Cuba, when they want to denigrate you, they'll accuse you of anything. They are not saying who she tried to kill, they just brough a charge brought against her, which is very common," said Rigoberto L. Carceller, president of "Cuba Democracy Now!" in Spain, which made the request to Amnesty International officials in Spain.
For more about Garro, read the column by Mary O'Grady of the Wall Street Journal.