Cuban protest group leader gets passport to travel

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 2:06 PM

HAVANA (AP) — The leader of the Cuban protest group the Ladies in White says she has received a passport. But a lesser-known dissident says she has been told she cannot leave the country.

Berta Soler is the most prominent member of the Ladies. She says she picked up her passport Friday and intends to travel to Europe to pick up a human rights prize awarded to the group in 2005.

Previously she was denied an exit visa, a requirement that was ended last month with a new travel reform law.

Separately, activist Gisela Delgado says migration officials told her she will not be permitted to travel due to her affiliation with dissident organizations.

Cuban authorities call dissidents counterrevolutionaries who seek to undermine the government.

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