“They left for not following the rules. The rules say that whoever disrespects a provincial or national leader is breaking the rules.” That is how Berta Soler, head of the Damas de Blanco, described the departure of 19 of the group’s members in Santiago to reporter Pablo Alfonso of Radio Marti. Asked for detail, she declined, saying “I don’t have to give an account of the organization’s internal problems to any news media.”
The rap against Radio Marti in the past has been that it would ignore stories that would be unpopular in hard-line Miami. That’s not the case here. It’s an unpleasant story about a dissident organization that’s popular in Miami, and it’s very thoroughly reported.