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Uploaded on Aug 27, 2010

The Ladies in White, or "Las Damas de Blanco," is a civil society group inside Cuba that organizes peaceful Sunday marches for freedom and human rights. The world-renowned group is formed by the wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, and supporters of political prisoners who were arrested during the "Black Spring" government crackdown on Cuban dissidents. During the four-day period that occurred in March 2003, 75 independent journalists, librarians, and democracy and human rights advocates were arrested and ultimately convicted with sentences ranging from 6 to 28 years.

In July 2010, the Catholic Archdiocese of Cuba announced that the Cuban government would release the 52 Black Spring prisoners still imprisoned over the course of the following months. The Ladies in White have declared that they will continue protesting every Sunday until all of the Black Spring prisoners have been released.

"Las Damas de Blanco" es un grupo de la sociedad civil cubana que todos los domingos organiza en La Habana marchas pacíficas por la libertad y los derechos humanos en Cuba. El grupo es reconocido internacionalmente y está formado por las esposas, madres, hermanas, hijas y otras mujeres que apoyan a los disidentes encarcelados durante la llamada "Primavera Negra" de marzo de 2003. En aquella ocasión, 75 personas, entre periodistas independientes, bibliotecarios, y activistas por la democracia y los derechos humanos, fueron arrestadas y condenadas a penas que van de seis a 28 años de cárcel.

Las Damas de Blanco han asegurado que continuarán protestando todos los domingos hasta que el último de los disidentes encarcelados durante la Primavera Negra sea liberado. En el video, Laura Pollán, portavoz de Las Damas de Blanco, relata la historia de cómo se formó el grupo después de la Primavera Negra y analiza los recientes acontecimientos que han atraído la atención internacional sobre los prisioneros políticos del régimen cubano.

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