Laura Pollán, the leader of the dissident Ladies in White during Castro’s Cuban dictatorship, died 10 days ago from cardiac and respiratory arrest, according to hospital officials. Given that several deaths of healthy people out of Castro’s favor were often attributed to heart attacks during his reign, people in Cuba are suspicious about Pollán’s alleged cause of death, particularly since she was attacked by a mob on Sept. 24 as she left her home to attend Mass. Her right arm was reportedly scratched and bitten, causing outrage among several Ladies in White who claimed they fell ill after being routinely hunted down and pricked with needles by Castro’s men. Pollán's daughter and husband have said she became violently ill eight days after the attack.
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