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    State Security seeks to bribe a “Lady in White” with special care for
    her sick daughter
    BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 21 de Junio de 2016 – 9:17 am.

    Ada María López Canino is Lady in White (Dama de Blanco), the national
    coordinator of the Network of Independent Libraries, author of the blog
    Mamá en casa, and the mother of five children.

    For participating in the female opposition group’s activities she has
    suffered beatings that have left her unconscious and ailing for days.
    She has also received death threats, and the regime’s agents have tried
    to intimidate her with the “possible disappearance” of her twin
    daughters, Lliliany and Eliany Díaz López, just ten years old.

    But when Lliliany fell ill a few weeks ago and was admitted to William
    Soler Children’s Hospital, State Security forces saw an opportunity to
    bribe Ada María.

    “It’s like my two daughters are connected: when one comes down with
    something, she’s gives it to the other,” said the activist.

    She says that in late May the family doctor, Rangel Guerra, decided to
    have tests run on both to rule out dengue. The first tests were
    negative, but there were problems when Lliliany’s analyses were checked,
    so the doctor recommended an X-ray.

    The test showed a “stopper,” as they call it, the size of an orange in
    the girl’s left lung, the mother explained.

    Additional X-rays at the polyclinic in Capdevila showed the same thing.
    The family doctor decided that the child should be admitted, and sent
    her to William Soler where, after an ultrasound, the doctor on duty
    prescribed a treatment of intravenous crystalline penicillin every six

    The girl was hospitalized on June 4. “The next day, on Sunday, 5 June, a
    Security agent showed up, sent by Luisito, explaining that he was
    interested in my daughter’s case.”

    Who is Luisito?

    Luisito is the Security agent charged with hounding the Ladies in White.
    He is said to be the head of all these operations.

    With what name did the agent identify himself?

    He didn´t. I’m familiar with him, from the Sunday harassment. I don’t
    want to get it wrong, but I think his name is Jonathan.

    – What happened then?

    I was upset when I saw him there. He said: “Ada María, don’t get
    flustered. Think about your daughter’s health.” It was incredible.

    I told him that what I had to think about was that hospital, and that my
    camera was loaded with photos for the news, to reveal the subhuman
    conditions which we mothers and our children suffered there.

    So he said to me: “Look, Ada María, we’re going to transfer the girl to
    the CIMEQ Hospital.” I replied: “No way. If the children in this wing go
    to CIMEQ, mine goes too. Otherwise my child stays with the children
    here, because my girl is from the humbler classes.”

    He also had a carton of juice for my daughter. I asked him if he had
    some for the other children too, and he replied that it was just for
    her. I said, “No way. If you have juice for all the children here, if
    you’ve come with a truck or a bus full of juice, my daughter will have
    some. If not, my child will have none. She’ll drink water or whatever I
    can give her.”

    What were the subhuman conditions you saw there?

    That hospital is in dismal condition. The bathrooms are falling apart,
    and there is just one for a whole wing, with adults and children using
    the same one. The refrigerator does not work, and the children’s yogurt
    would spoil.

    When I complained about the spoiled yogurt, they gave me another,
    because I’m a Lady in White, but they didn´t give the other children
    any. I was going to complain to the administration, and the nurse told
    me: “If I have to tie you up here, I’ll tie you up. But you’re not going
    anywhere. I’m in charge of that.” And they brought me a good yogurt,
    with probiotics, for my daughter. The other children were given nothing.

    How do you think the military found out that your child was admitted?

    I don’t know. They are always up on everything that happens to us. They
    know everything. All our telephone conversations are listened to. I
    called my brother and told him that I had to rush my daughter to the
    hospital, so they knew about it right away.

    What were the strongest attacks the Ladies in White suffered, at the
    #TodosMarchamos campaign and on that Sunday at which your child was
    admitted and agent Jonathan demonstrated such “charity?”

    It was a rainy day, and when the Ladies in White came out they were
    beaten. Now they put vehicles in front of our cameras when they attack
    people, or they beat people in the buses so that we can´t film it.

    That day they beat Maylen González González inside the bus. A bunch of
    policewomen jumped her and gave her a good walloping.

    The next Wednesday they discharged my daughter. So far she’s doing
    pretty well. Last Sunday (June 12) I went to march with the Ladies, but
    they grabbed me on Fifth Avenue and 42nd, and took me in a police car to
    Santiago de las Vegas. They let me go in the late afternoon.

    They don’t even want us in the prisons. Our message, that of freedom,
    creates problems for this State, everywhere. Berta Soler was hit with
    something hard. She does not know what. Several men wrested a Cuban flag
    from her, and the pressure they applied was so great that they singed
    her arm.

    Is your daughter now fully recovered?

    She has to return to the hospital to see her doctors again. She must
    keep seeing a pulmonologist, although the ultrasound on her lung showed
    nothing, along with the X-rays. The doctors asked me: “Lady, what did
    you do?” I haven’t done anything. God has. Because my God is a living
    God, and also works miracles in these times.

    Was the hospital care good?

    The doctors were very good.

    Did you feel discriminated against?

    No, no, no. The care provided by the doctors was excellent. The nurses too.

    What was Jonathan’s reaction? Did he leave?

    Yes, he left when I talked to him like I did. Even the nurse said, “If
    you don´t have juice for all the kids, don’t come back.”

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