Head of Cuba’s Ladies in White to submit leadership to vote
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
02/22/2015 11:29 PM 02/22/2015 11:30 PM
Berta Soler, one of Cuba’s best-known dissidents as head of the Ladies
in White, said Sunday she’ll submit her leadership of the divided
opposition group to a vote by members living inside the country.
Soler’s announcement came after members of the Ladies in White living
outside Cuba called on her to resign after a video emerged showing
members booing and repudiating another dissident in December in the
group’s Havana headquarters.
The group’s estimated 270 members in Cuba will vote on her leadership on
March 16, she said. “The Ladies active in Cuba are going to be the ones
who decide if I will remain at the head of the movement.”
She spoke before about 50 of the women, all dressed in white, who were
holding their traditional Sunday march outside the St. Rita Catholic
Church in Havana.
The women and about 30 activists changed the habitual route of their
march. An Associated Press reporter saw them take a tunnel on a Havana
avenue but didn’t see them emerge from it.
Soler and other members of the group did not answer telephone calls
seeking clarification of what had happened or if members had been detained.
Cuba’s government has at various times temporarily detained members of
the group and sent government supporters to shout slogans at their rallies.
A group of women formed the opposition organization more than a decade
ago to press for the release of imprisoned family members.
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