Miriam Leiva, one of the founders of the Ladies in White, a dissident group in Cuba. Here is what she says about receiving funds from the U.S. government:
``There must be no funds from any government allocated to the dissidents ..... the opposition gets practically nothing and the main thing is that it gives the Cuban Government a pretext to say that we are mercenaries and put us in jail. I'm against any funds from the American Government, and I think that if it wants to help the Cuban people, it should lift the embargo and allow trade, tourism, and academic exchanges, and Cubans should be allowed to travel without restriction to the United States and send money to their families'' in Cuba.
Source: Congressional Record, 110th Congress, page H6834.