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Cubas Black Spring of 2003

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.14.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When her husband was arrested during the so-called Black Spring of 2003, Laura Pollan's life experienced a radical change. She rose from anonymity and domestic routine to be at the center of praise from democratizing forces and insults from the official press.

25 Cuban Dissidents Launch a Hunger Strike

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

As of Wednesday afternoon a total of 21 men and four women were among those refusing to ingest food. Nine of them are in prison.

José Daniel Ferrer, Former Cuban Black Spring Prisoner, on Hunger Strike After New Arrest

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

His drawing power, and the respect many have for him, comes also from his perseverance and, in particular, from the fact that he is quicker to embrace than to distrust. He has become a human bridge between several citizen projects and, right now, that makes him a sharp stone in the Cuban government's shoe.