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Laura Pollan

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.

2011 in Cuba, a Year Already Remote

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On Saint Sylvester night few homes displayed parties or music, at least in Havana. But I felt relief that the year was ending. Of 2011, with its advances overstated by propaganda and its setbacks silenced, once was enough.

Laura Pollan, Lady in White, Dies in Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.18.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Among the most notable signs of the Cuban government's pettiness is its failure to respect a political adversary, even when she is dying.

Cubans Rally Around Laura Pollan, Founder of the Ladies in White

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.09.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Those demonized by partisan publications are thus transformed into admired beings -- albeit in a whisper -- and even those fired from the government apparatus acquire a certain aura of appeal.

Just Following Orders

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

An acquaintance of my mother, who lives very near to a Lady in White, told her that they are under orders not to assault these women in light clothing with gladioli in their hands.

Cuban Regime Is the True Prisoner of Its Own Terror

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Black Spring 75, civic fighter Orlando Zapata, political prisoners and those who are disobedient are free. The Cuban regime is today the real prisoner, locked up in the very repression it generates.