Why women now lead the dissident fight in Cuba

A FEISTY FAMILY: Yuricel Perez Rodriguez (left) wanted to be a librarian “like Laura Bush.”
She was fired. Her mom (right) is also a Cuban dissident.
Alfredo Sosa – Staff photographer

Only a handful of political activists are willing to risk fighting for basic freedoms. But more ordinary Cubans, they say, are asking how to get involved.

By Matthew Clark and Sara miller Llana | Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor – Friday 25 July, 2008

Campo de Florido, Cuba – In the past year, Nereida Rodriguez Rivero says she has been punched in the mouth, almost thrown from a moving bus, and stabbed on the street in her otherwise sleepy rural hometown.
In May, government agents took all the books out of the independent library that she continues to restock and run out of her humble home.

But – as is often the case in Cuba – the punishment for her dissent isn’t limited to her alone. . .

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