Photo: Laura Pollan
The founder of a Cuban dissident group, the Ladies in White, was hospitalized for acute respiratory problems and was in intensive care Saturday, her associates said.
Laura Pollan went to a hospital Friday and was in serious but stable condition the following morning, said Bertha Soler, another member of the group.
The 63-year-old founder began her group in 2003 with 75 family members and friends of leaders who were arrested that year and sentenced to long prison terms. Among those arrested was Pollan’s husband, Hector Maseda, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The last of those jailed in the 2003 crackdown have been released over the past year under a deal brokered by the Roman Catholic Church, but the Ladies in White have continued to raise awareness of lesser-known prisoners.