Berta Soler Visits UM’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies

Leader of Cuba's Ladies in White thanks Miami's exile community for supporting dissidents on the island.

Coral Gables (May 06, 2013) — Wearing the color that symbolizes peace and has become the distinctive characteristic of her group, Berta Soler, the leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White, visited UM’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) on April 27, thanking Miami’s exile community for supporting dissidents on the island and blaming the Castro government for the lack of educational and economic opportunities available to Afro-Cubans.

Soler answered questions from members of the media for more than half an hour. She was the third Cuban dissident to visit UM last month under a change in Cuba’s travel rules. Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez visited UM’s Cuban Heritage Collection on April 2, and Rosa Maria Paya, daughter of deceased Cuban political activist Oswaldo Paya Sardiñas, visited ICCAS on April 12.

A group of Ladies in White who live in Miami attended Soler’s press conference at ICCAS. The opposition movement in Cuba consists of wives and other female relatives of jailed dissidents.

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Soler answers questions from the media with ICCAS Director Jaime Suchlicki sitting next to her.

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