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Ladies in White march in Havana

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 01:08

Cuba's Ladies in White, a group made up of wives and mothers of jailed dissidents, take part in their first protest march since the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations was announced last week. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Cuba's "Ladies in White" -- a group made up of wives and mothers of 75 jailed dissidents -- march through Havana Sunday. It's their first protest since a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations was announced last week. Miriam Leiva, a founder of the group, believes U.S. President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy could lead to positive change in the country. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MIRIAM LEIVA, A FOUNDER OF THE LADIES IN WHITE DISSIDENT GROUP, SAYING: "This brings the hope that by lowering tensions and having direct talks between the governments then there will be a greater possibility of participation in Cuba with more tranquility." But dissident Angel Mora, who's the husband of a Lady in White, says if the U.S. Congress votes to lift the embargo, it's not the Cuban people who will benefit -- only the Cuban government. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANGEL MOYA, CUBAN DISSIDENT AND HUSBAND OF LADIES IN WHITE LEADER BERTA SOLER, SAYING: "...The resources that will be derived from this lifting of the embargo will be used by the Cuban regime to equip, train and perfect the oppressive force against human rights activists.". U.S. officials will visit Havana in January. Obama has said human and political rights will be on the agenda.

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Ladies in White march in Havana

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 01:08