For almost 18 months, Cuban Lady In White Sonia Garro Alfonso has sat in a Castro prison, held with no trial or even formal charges filed. Much longer in the gulag, and she might die.
The Castro dictatorship is acting as if that is the desired outcome.
Speaking via telephone this week, Garro told Berta Soler, head of the Damas De Blanco, or "Ladies In White," that guards at the women's prison at Occidente El Guatao recently beat her as retaliation after she demanded that her human rights be respected, according to a report from the Hablemos Press news agency.
Garro and her husband were arrested March 18, 2012, during a nationwide crackdown against the opposition in advance of Pope Benedix XVI's visit to the island.
According to Amnesty International, the couple was arrested at their home in Havana after 50 police forced their way into the house and fired rubber bullets at them. Sonia Garro Alfonso was wounded in the foot.
Amnesty International has not name Garro or Munoz as "prisoners of conscience," which has become a sore point for their family.
In previous reports, Garro's sister has said that she is suffering from a staph skin infection she contracted while in jail, as well as from osteoarthritis, cysts on her ovaries and other ailments.