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Dias de los Reyes in Cuba

Cuban dissidents and exiles provide toys for Cuba's impoverished children.

Juan Tamayo in the Miami Herald:

Cuban dissidents, exiles provide toys to kids for Three Kings Day

On one side of a Cuban road, dissidents gave children toys donated by Miami exiles for Three Kings Day on Sunday.

On the other, government and Communist Party officials hosted a competing celebration of the Spanish version of Christmas Day.

In Cuba, it seems that politics can infect even the annual Jan. 6 celebrations of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus.

Around the island, the dissident Ladies in White distributed toys, sweets, cakes and soft drinks to children, most of items were donated by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, linked to the Cuban-American National Foundation in Miami.

The Ladies, female relatives of former political prisoners, hosted scores of kids in the western cities of Havana, Pinar del Rio, Matanzas and Villa Clara on Saturday for parties that also included chocolates and piñatas, Ladies in White leader Berta Soler said.

Police and state security agents in plainclothes warned families in the eastern city of Bayamo to stay away from an opposition Three Kings Day gathering in nearby Holguin, although most attended, Holguin dissident Berta Guerrero said.

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