Founder of Cuba's dissident 'Ladies in White' group dies
Laura Pollan, who helped found the dissident group Ladies in White after
her husband was jailed in a 2003 round-up of government opponents, died
on Friday in a Havana hospital at the age of 63.
10:37AM BST 15 Oct 2011
The pugnacious Ms Pollan was one of Cuba's leading opposition voices and
deeply involved in promoting change on the Communist island.
She developed a pulmonary illness and went into the hospital on Oct 7.
She had been on a respirator in the intensive care ward of Calixto
Garcia hospital ever since and died of cardiac arrest, said Berta Soler,
her longtime co-leader of the Ladies in White.
Hector Maseda, her husband, said outside the hospital that a medical
team had tried for an hour to revive her without success.
"I asked to see her and went to see her body. I was there with her for a
while, alone," said the visibly shaken Mr Maseda."