HAVANA (CBSMiami) – Laura Pollan, the founder of Cuba’s Ladies In White has died, according to Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sanchez. She was 63.
Sanchez says Pollan died Friday after she was hospitalized on Oct. 7 for acute respiratory problems and had been in intensive care ever since. She may have been suffering from Dengue Fever, according to published reports.READ MORE: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held Tuesday To Mark Reopening Of Bunche Park
Pollan began the opposition movement as a sign of solidarity for wives and other female relative of jailed dissidents after her own husband was jailed in 2003.READ MORE: Miami Lakes To Accept Cryptocurrency Payments As Digital Currency Expands Throughout South Florida
The woman wear white and walk silently through the streets of Havana every Sunday in protest of the imprisonments.
“She was a teacher and a housewife, but she became a leader for civil rights,” said Elizardo Sanchez, a prominent human rights activist on the island. “She has played a fundamental role, without a doubt even beyond winning freedom for her husband.”MORE NEWS: Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues State Of Emergency Over Colonial Pipeline Shutdown
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