Cuba Gov. Supporters Intercept Yoani Sanchez at Event in Brazil

Yoani Sanchez from her blog Generation Y.

HAVANA TIMES — Reports in last night from Bahia, Brazil state that Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez was met by a pro-Cuban government protest when she tried to attend a premiere of a documentary film in which she was one of the main interviewees.

Earlier in the day she had been met by organized protests at two airports en route to the event, her first stop on a multi-nation tour to speak out against the policies of the Raul Castro led government.

The protesters at the museum where the film was to be shown were around four dozen, estimated AP, and shouted “Cuba yes! Yankees no!”.  They accused Sanchez of being on the US payroll to attack her country’s authorities.

An hour after being taken away from the screening room to safety by security personnel, Sanchez, accompanied by Brazilian Senator Eduardo Suplicy, spoke outside the hall with those present, both detractors and supporters.

“After remaining silent for a long time, after living in a society where not speaking up was the option of the majority of my countrymen, after so much silence, one fine day I couldn’t take it anymore and I started a blog,” she told those gathered, some who cheered, some who booed, reported AP.

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16 thoughts on “Cuba Gov. Supporters Intercept Yoani Sanchez at Event in Brazil

  • February 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

    It is revealing that the regime devotes so much attention and resources to her. They fear her.

    For the record, Yoani has repeatedly called for an end to the embargo. It’s clear that your perception of her positions comes through the filter of the regime propagandists.

    I recall seeing a Cuban TV news report whihc featured a short clip of Yoani Sanchez, filmed as she walked down the street, edited to make her look like she was up to something nefarious and the screen text referring to her as a “cyber-terrorist”.

    Think about that: to the Castro regime, writing a blog is an act of “terrorism”.

  • February 20, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Yes, she has the right to speak her mind freely. My only concern is that her message is a distorted, biased and incomplete version of the Cuban reality tailored for get target demography that sadly are not her fellow Cuban citizens but people abroad that blindly accept her word for it since she is a “witness”.

    Receiving funds from foreign sources may even be illegal and get her in trouble and depending of the source of the money it can swing her interest and distort her message in the direction her source of income wants it to be. And what she says is not necessarily false, but she is not telling all the truth, so at the very least she is lying by omission in lots of things.

  • February 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Probably because she deserves it? This “tour” falls perfectly in the role the government assigned to her in the eyes of Cuban public opinion, and no doubt she will be monitored and footage of her indulging herself will be caught in camera and published in time to reinforce the message. And if she does something stupid like ask for the reinforcement of the embargo in the US senate, she will get hit with the infamous “law of defense of Cuban sovereignty”. Lets wait and see what comes out of this, but chances are either way she will be finished as far as Cuban people are concerned.

    To put in other words, she is an amateur regarding politicking and is losing the discredit game with the government. Badly.

    As for your last question, they have absolute control of what goes into Cuban TV. Why would you think that is in their interest to interview her of all things?

  • February 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    So you speak for Latin America? I hope you will indulge me with a response to the following questions. While you obviously disagree with Yoani Sanchez’ message, do you support her right to speak her mind? Even if she has received funds from foreign sources, do you believe that makes anything she says less truthful?

  • February 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Mikhail Saavedra!! Why do you think that the Castro “government” tries so hard to discredit Yoani Sanchez and does not allow her to be interviewed on national Cuban TV?

  • February 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    The Castro Repudiation squads spring into action. That kind of thuggish mob behaviour doesn’t play well in the free world.

    And of course, a regime apologist uses the standard tactic of character assassination against Moses, rather than discussing the issues.

  • February 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Sure Moses her “pro-democracy” under the payroll. What you fail to understand, not surprisingly, is that people in Latin American, save for right wing types who never had any love for “democracy” for starters can see exactly what this woman is about and who she works for ultimately. I have lived in Cuba by the way so your attempt to stifle criticism with that pointless perspective is just old hat and just betrays your deep desire to try to preempts attacks on your muse which is kinda on the edge of pathetic. She is ultimately the sort of thing that right wingers pay for so that supposed liberals can feel good about themselves while forgetting the historical context of the Cuban revolution with impunity.

  • February 19, 2013 at 8:40 am

    She could not have paid for all this great press these pro-Castro idiots are creating for her. All of this draws more attention to her pro-democracy message. They make her ‘poor lttle me’ image all the more real. The irony is, like the majority of castro supporters who comment here at HT, I would bet most of these knuckleheads have never been, let alone lived in Cuba.

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