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Pro-govt crowds surround Cuban dissident home

HAVANA (AP) -- A crowd of government supporters has surrounded the home of a leading Cuban dissident, where opposition activists are quietly paying homage to a hunger striker who died two years ago.

Some 200 pro-government protesters are shouting slogans and insults at members and supporters of the Ladies in White opposition group at the home of Laura Pollan, the late leader of the dissident group.

Thursday marks the second anniversary of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a Cuban political prisoner who died in February 2010 after an 83-day hunger strike. A Damas leader, Berta Soler, says the Ladies in White were paying homage to Tamayo by reading from his writings.

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