March 4 2009

Two women reported beaten in public by police

SANTA CLARA, Cuba, March 4 (Yesmy Elena Mena, Villa Clara Press / – Two women were beaten on a street by four policemen, according to a dissident who said she witnessed the incident.

Regla Anicia Cárdenas, a member of the Cuban Nationalist Civic Movement, said the incident occurred February 21 when the women, identified as Irina Borrero and Ivette Méndez, were passing in front of her window.

She said the police seized seven bottles of vinegar the women were carrying and that the beating occurred when the women protested. The pair was handcuffed and taken to the police station or booking.