Thursday, October 1, 2009

Las Damas de Blanco, as seen by a blogger and rocker

Ciro Díaz and Claudia Cadelo de Nevi are a dynamic duo of unhindered expression in Cuba. He's the guitarist for Porno Para Ricardo, arguably Cuba's most famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) dissident rock group. She's an up-and-coming blogger with a fast-growing following on her blog, Octavo Cerco, which recently won the Una Isla Virtual (A Virtual Island) awards for best blog and most popular blog.

Here, the two of them document one of the regular demonstrations of Las Damas de Blanco (The Ladies in White), which is an organization made up of family members of political prisoners — especially those who were locked up in Cuba's "Black Spring" in 2003.

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