<p>Pollan founded the Ladies in White after her husband, Cuban dissident Hector Maseda, was jailed. He was released in February this year. In this photo from March, Maseda kisses Pollan before a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Havana, Cuba. </p>
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<p>Members of dissident group Ladies in White yell "Laura lives!" during their weekly march in front of Santa Rita church in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday. Cuba's Ladies in White have vowed to keep protesting against the island's communist-run government despite the death of their late founder, Laura Pollan, but the loss presents new challenges for a dissident group already struggling to be visible.</p>
In Cuba, the leader of the island's most prominent dissident group has died. Laura Pollan was a founder of the Ladies in White, but her death at age 63 Friday after a brief illness comes at an especially difficult time for Cuba's small opposition movement.
The only officially tolerated act of public protest in Cuba occurs on Sundays, after the Ladies in White gather for mass at the Santa Rita church in Havana.