Cuba: Yoani Sanchez Gets Passport, Plans Multi-Nation Tour

By Circles Robinson

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez. Photo: Kelly Knaub/HT

HAVANA TIMES — Nearly two dozen times the Cuban government refused to let the famous blogger Yoani Sanchez travel abroad, but all that changed as of Wednesday when she was given a new passport and like most Cubans no longer needs an exit visit.

The immigration reform took effect on January 14.

One of the most heralded test cases to measure its scope is the attempt by Sanchez to be able to take her cause against the Castro government to wherever she’s invited.

Sanchez is known for her acrid portrayal of life in Cuba. Without the chance to reply, she has been sharply attacked by the government and its media, accusing her of being an agent of Washington in its half century attempt to topple the revolution and its leaders.

The blogger has won hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes from Europe and the USA for her blog Generation Y. She has been a controversial figure among the traditional opposition in Miami and Havana, who saw her surpass them as a voice for dissent on the island.

Now, Sanchez need only select the date of her journey abroad and board her plane. She already has invitations and visas from several countries, noted DPA news.

“Incredible” They called my home to tell me that my passport was ready. They’ve just handed it to me,” wrote Sanchez on her blog.



24 thoughts on “Cuba: Yoani Sanchez Gets Passport, Plans Multi-Nation Tour

  • This kind of practice has bloomed out of a truly ‘despicable regime’ that YOUR COUNTRY has imposed in MY COUNTRY for over 20 years. No, this is NOT an ‘isolated crime’. Countless activists and journalists have been killed in the past decade. To treat human rights abuses in the ‘free world’ as ‘isolated crimes’ is one of the most efficient social control techniques ever created and part of the permanent global siege state.

    The difference between me and you is that I don’t throw stones at others when I have a glass roof.

  • Agreed, but is not a clear cut. You see, Castro can’t imprison someone without a valid reason (valid according Cuban law that has harsh provisions to people collaborating with foreign powers to force government change) but he can pardon whoever he chooses. The thing is, is not in his interest to use presidential powers for Moya, so Moya has to fall back to the legal system where is technically in conditional freedom and not eligible for a passport.

  • In as much as the underlying crime is opposition to the regime, surely you can see the irony in denying him a passport. Had his conviction been a property or personal crime, this would make sense. Moya was among the 75 dissidents incarcerated for political crimes. The ‘conditional’ nature of his parole should be waived to permit his ability to travel. Castro can do whatever he chooses.

  • After 54 years of the ‘same ol’ sh#t’ the free world has little patience for the Castros and their despicable regime. As as result, you are probably right, If this man were Cuban, the media would have likely made a bigger deal about it. Since Brazil has rejoined civil society, these kinds of incidents are seen as isolated crime events in your country and not standard operating procedure as in Cuba.

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