Saturday, October 15, 2011

Founder of Cuba's dissident 'Ladies in White' group dies


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."

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