“Ladies in White” quarrel on money slices

A few days ago, a debate on one of the main TV channels in Miami turned into an embarrassing brawl reflecting the irreversible fracture within the “Ladies in White,” a Cuban women’s organization — so-called dissidents — with clear support and funding from the US government and right wing organizations in Miami, such as the Cuban American National Foundation (FNCA).

Created and oriented to carry out activities against the government of Cuba, the “Ladies in White” has recently been the favorite of some western leaders, including the Obama-Biden formula.

Several international media organizations revealed that nearly 30 of its members had left the group, protesting the management of its president, Berta Soler, and in support of Belkis Cantillo, the representative of the group in Santiago de Cuba, uncovering the infighting.

Gone is the harmony that existed  a year ago between the two, Soler and Cantillo, when they toured together in several countries, being honored by politicians and media.

Both then requested that the United States maintain the economic embargo and that the European Union keep the sanctions contained in the Common Position against their country: Cuba.

Although some media have reflected this split in the “Ladies in White,” they have hidden the real reasons behind all their feuds and rivalries: MONEY.

The US and some European countries have devoted huge amounts of money to fund dissident activities in Cuba.

Some of the “defecting” ladies in white have expressed concern about being paid only $15 per demonstration against the Cuban government, accusing Soler of stealing the funds.

The current administration has already taken a position in the fight, expressed in the speech of President Obama to the United Nations, which recognized “Soler´s braveness.”

Unexpectedly, the media arena for these fights has been the TV shows in Miami, most of them anchored by aggressive opponents to the Cuban government who have been perplexed to confirm the decline of the “created dream.”

By Wallace Mendell

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