|Crispina Xiomara Duquesne|
|Sonia Garro Alfonso|
|Niurkis Rivera Despaigne|
|Maura Jacqueline Barrera Martinez|
Las Damas de Apoyo, or Ladies in Support, was organized to help push the cause of Las Damas de Blanco.
Members of Las Damas de Apoyo generally don't have relatives in prison, but they often join Las de Blanco in the group's peaceful marches, usually held on Sundays along Quinta Avenida en Havana.
I just posted interviews with four members of Las Damas de Apoyo on the Cuba Money Project's Vimeo Channel. The women interviewed include: Maura Jacqueline Barrera Martinez, Niurkis Rivera Despaigne, Crispina Xiomara Duquesne and Sonia Garro Alfonso.
Such groups are important to watch, I think, because they are a measure of the political opposition's strength on the streets.
Some government supporters I've interviewed contend that group members march because they receive payments from U.S.-financed democracy groups.
I asked Las Demas de Apoyo members about that general accusation, which is aired regularly on state-run media, and they said it is false.