Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) is an opposition movement in Cuba, composed of spouses and relatives of 75 political dissidents who were jailed during the March 2003 “Black Spring” raids by the Cuban Government. Those arressted included journalists, writers, lawyers, human rights defenders and democracy activists; they have all been given different sentences, up to 28 years.
Since 2003, Ladies in White have peacefully demonstrated against the detentions by symbolically dressing in white each Sunday and attending mass together before silently marching. Mobs have regularly attacked the group, shouting insults and assisting police officers in cornering them onto buses to remove their protest from city streets. Several of their members have been harassed and had their homes vandalised.