A 15-year-old teenager who came out in defense of the Ladies in White in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos was brutally stabbed by a young woman of 19. The aggressor has not been detained. She is the daughter of a political police captain, dissident sources reported.
The attacked took place on Nov. 4, according to information that Berta Soler, a leader of the female group, gave El Nuevo Herald. The victim was attacked after she demanded that the attacker stop insulting her family and the Ladies in White.
“We are dismayed by this attack and, above all, by the lack of response from the authorities,” Soler said in a phone interview from Havana. “We are demanding justice here.”
The teenager’s name is Berenice Héctor González. She is the niece of Lady in White Belkis Felicia Jorrín Morfa. The attacker was identified as Dailiana Planchez Torres.
“This started when I heard her refer to the Ladies in White as shameless prostitutes,” Berenice told El Nuevo Herald. “I told her that I didn’t like what she was saying because four of my relatives, four women, are in that group.”
Due to the seriousness of the wounds, doctors at Gustavo Aldereguía Lima hospital operated on the teenager for at least four hours and applied more than 66 stitches, Soler said.
The teenager ended up with a dozen wounds in her body and trunk, her legs and her arms. She also has a deep wound in the chest and another serious one in her shoulder. She had to be treated as an emergency and was transferred to an intensive-care unit.
Despite the seriousness of the case and the fact that the teenager will need weeks to recover physically and psychologically, the hospital decided to release her 24 hours after the surgery. Furthermore, it refused to give the family a medical certificate with the details of the patient’s wounds and the medical procedure performed, said Jorrín. Instead it sent a report to the police for them to take charge of the demands of the affected family.
The report’s content described the wounds that Berenice suffered as “minor.”
Several phone calls to the police station in the central province of Cienfuegos were not answered.
Jorrín said that Planchez was consistently defaming the Ladies in White. She said her niece confronted the situation saying that she would not allow under any circumstances insults against the mothers and wives of political prisoners.
The teenager said that the attack occurred at about 8 p.m. She said that she was talking on the phone when Planchez appeared suddenly with a switchblade and attacked her on the face. She then also stabbed her on the neck, “almost affecting her vocal chords,” the family said.