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Laura Pollán: the fight continues 11 years after her death
Despite the death of its founder and first leader, Laura Pollán, the worthy Ladies in White continue their admirable fight
HAVANA — This Friday, October 14, marks the 11th anniversary of the death, at the “Calixto García” Hospital in this capital, and under very suspicious circumstances, of the great leader and founder of the worthy Ladies in White, Laura Pollán Toledo. Her mournful anniversary is propitious to remember not only the fruitful life of that exemplary Cuban, but also to make a tight recount of the activity of the admirable women’s movement that she led since its foundation.
In these circumstances, the founder of the Castro dynasty believed the time had come to launch a general attack against the peaceful Cuban internal opposition. While the press organs transmitted the news of the beginning of the bombing of Iraq, the brackets at the service of the regime began the wave of arrests of what with all justice came to be called the Black Spring.
I remember that, at that time, this writer was fasting for the freedom of Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet and the other political prisoners on the Island. My friends and I were installed in the house that had belonged to the late human rights defender rights and pro-democracy activist Jesús Yanes Pelletier, who died shortly before.
I was accompanied in that endeavor by my three brothers in the cause who signed La Patria es de Todos: Félix Bonne Carcassés (now deceased), Martha Beatriz Roque and Vladimiro Roca. Also Nelson Aguiar, his namesake Nelson Molinet and someone I mention last to highlight the importance of his actions in this stage of Cuba’s peaceful struggle for freedom: who after a few years in prison would become a prominent martyr of that fight, Orlando Zapata Tamayo.