By Human Rights Foundation | October 14, 2012 - 16:00 GMT
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the passing of Laura Pollàn, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) re-releases two documentary shorts highlighting the work of the "Ladies in White," a civil society group inside Cuba that organizes peaceful marches for freedom and human rights.
The world-renowned group was formed by the wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, and supporters of the political prisoners who were arrested during the “Black Spring” government crackdown on Cuban dissidents in March 2003. During the four-day period of suppression, 75 independent journalists, librarians, and democracy and human rights activists were arrested. Since the release of most of the aforementioned political prisoners, the Ladies in White have continued their peaceful work to promote individual rights and a democratic society in Cuba. On October 14, 2011 the group’s leader and co-founder, Laura Pollán, died of a heart attack.
“HRF visited Laura Pollán several times over the years and we were able to obtain excellent footage to share with the world. We wish to remind people that Cuba continues to be a totalitarian state, and what Laura says in these videos is the current reality of life in Cuba,” said HRF spokesperson Sarah Wasserman of HRF. “This demagogue government says that there's a lot of freedom in Cuba, that it's a paradise,” said Pollán. “I invite those people that believe in Cuba's freedom to come and live here. Come here, and live like a regular citizen, without bringing dollars, buy their food with a ration book, and try to express themselves in Cuba as much as they do in their country against their government or an individual and to say that in Cuba. This way he can see what the result is,” she continued.
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