Cuban dissident known as Laura Pollan died at 63
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Cuban dissident known as Laura Pollan died at 63

Havana : Cuba | Oct 15, 2011 at 12:41 AM PDT
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Laura Pollan, leader of Ladies in White opposition group, has died in Havana

The well-known Cuban dissident, the founder of the opposition movement "Women in White" Laura Pollan has died in Havana on Saturday night at the age of 63 years.

She was hospitalized last Friday because of increased breathing problems and was in almost a week reanimatsii.Polan for eight years, staged weekly marches along with the wives of political prisoners, to secure the release of their husbands, dissidents from the so-called "G-75" .

Long time Laura Pollan suffered dengue fever, exacerbated by other viruses and chronic diabetes.

Replaced by a husband

Former teacher of Spanish language and literature, Laura Pollan gained international fame eight years ago when her husband, along with other dissidents were jailed.

Total in jail was 75. Husband of Laura Pollan, journalist and chairman of the opposition Liberal Party, Hector Maseda was sentenced to 20 years in prison for taking part in political activities.

To rescue them out of trouble, Pollan has established the group "Women in White", which includes his wife of Cuban political prisoners.

Protesting women in white robes gathered at the center of Havana every weekend, demanding freedom for their men.

Subsequently, the "Ladies in White" were actively engaged in human rights activities, upholding the rights and freedoms not only of their husbands, but also of all political prisoners in Cuba.

Laura Pollan actually replaced her husband in the ranks of fighters for freedom and human rights in Cuba. In 2005 the group "Women in White" was awarded the Sakharov Prize "for freedom of thought."

All the dissidents of "G-75" were eventually released - with the assistance of the Roman Catholic Church, with which the Cuban government in 2010 signed an agreement.

The last two prisoners from the "G-75" were released in March 2011.

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The well-known Cuban dissident, the founder of the opposition movement "Women in White" Laura Pollan has died in Havana on Saturday night at the age of 63 years.
rsa76 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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