From: miriam burgués flórez
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 12:08 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO; Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO; Chojkier, Gabi N. EOP/WHO
Subject: Cuba day 3 foreing pool report meeting with dissidents
POTUS is having a meeting in the US Embassy with dissidents and members of Cuban civil society.
Secretary Kerry is attending too.
He spoke briefly about the importance of hearing "directly" the ideas and concerns of Cuban people within the normalization with Cuba and making sure "they have a voice"'.
"It requires many times great courage to be active in civil life here in Cuba", he said. "This is an area where we continue to have deep diferences" with the Cuban government.
In the meeting was present, between others, Berta Soler, leader of Damas de Blanco, a group that carries a march every Sunday to call for more freedom in Cuba.
Elizardo Sanchez, spokesman of Comision Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliacion Nacional (CCDHNR), was in the meeting too. This gruop says that in January and February were 2.555 detentions for political reasons in Cuba.
White House correspondet