I was surprised to learn that Miriam Leiva, pictured above, has left Ladies in White, a dissident group she helped found. But then again, in hindsight, I'm not so surprised. I saw Miriam briefly in July 2008 at her home in Havana. I began asking her about what had been going on in Cuba, how the government was doing with Raul Castro in charge, how the economy looked to her, etc. But she was eager to let her husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, pictured above, do the talking. I got the impression Miriam wanted to avoid the limelight.
Maybe the Cuban government has been pressuring her. Or perhaps she fears her husband will be returned to prison if she doesn't tone down her opposition activities. What's certain is that dissidents don't have an easy time in Cuba.
Here is a story Miriam wrote about the Ladies in White in 2006.