Following 100 day world tour
HAVANA TIMES — Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez heads home today after an over three month world tour, taking her criticism of the Cuban government/system to several continents. The biggest question is how she will be received by the Havana authorities.
The author of the Generation Y blog, recently changed to the URL lageneracióny.com, departed from Madrid several hours ago.
“It is too early to know what it will bring, what impact it will have,” Sanchez’s husband and fellow dissident, Reinaldo Escobar, told The Associated Press of his wife’s highly-publicized travels. “What awaits her is a lot of work, a lot of responsibility and the possibility to realize her dreams.”
Sanchez, 37, said during her tour that she intends to start up her own news publication in Cuba, something prohibited by the island’s leaders who maintain a highly controlled government press media.
Yoani was able to travel on February 17 under the new Cuban immigration reform, which as of mid-January 2013, removed the need for an exit visa to leave the country, something that the blogger had been denied on some 20 different occasions.
Most analysts believe the government will not immediately arrest Sanchez, who, despite being a household name for many Cubans abroad, is not well known on the island outside of a small segment of the population with Internet access.
Nonetheless the circulating of her critical writings on memory sticks and discs has increased those aware of her in recent years.
During her tour, Sanchez spoke to groups and the media with her vision of Cuban reality in Spain, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Peru, Norway, Holland as well as in New York, Miami and Washington D.C. in the United States, where she also met with high level US government officials.