A group of wives and relatives of Cuban dissidents has camped out for a second day in Havana's Revolution Square to seek medical treatment for a political prisoner.

The women, all dressed in white, are demanding that jailed dissident Angel Moya be transferred to a civilian hospital so his injured back can be treated. The 39-year-old Moya, who is serving a 20-year sentence, was arrested last year as part of a government crackdown that put 75 dissidents in jail.

The protesters include his wife, Berta Soler Fernandez, who before the protest wrote a handwritten letter to Cuban President Fidel Castro requesting the transfer. Ms. Soler has promised to stay in the square until her husband is brought to her.