Cuba's dissident blogger Yoani arrives in Brazil

Feb 18, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Philly.com

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, center, is chanted at by pro-Castro supporters, accusing her of being a U.S. spy, upon her arrival at the Guararapes International airport, in Recife, Brazil, Monday, Feb.18, 2013.

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Compassionate One

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Feb 18, 2013
 
FEIRA DE SANTANA, Brazil - Cuba's most recognizable dissident landed in Brazil Monday, cheered by supporters and hounded by protesters on her first stop of a three-month global tour and her first trip abroad in nearly a decade after being blocked 20 times from leaving the communist-run island.

Yoani Sanchez beamed when she arrived in the northeastern cities of Recife and then Salvador in Bahia state, basking in the fame brought by her influential blog and her columns in the Spanish daily El Pais and the Brazilian newspaper Estado de S. Paulo.

Yet despite the victory in freely leaving her country, Sanchez said it was not a sign of great change in Cuba.

"There is a difference between the reform we dream of and the reform that's possible. The reform that's possible, which is what the government of Raul Castro seems to be following, is that we can buy a new car instead of a used one, buy some goods we couldn't before," she told the Globo TV network. "However, the reform dreamed of, which is freedom of association and expression, it seems we won't get this too soon."

Sanchez was surrounded by supporters and journalists as she walked through the airport in Salvador, but at one point, protesters, some wrapped in Cuban flags, threw photocopied replicas of U.S. dollar bills at her. One protester got close enough to pull her hair.

A small group of pro-Cuba protesters held up signs that read "Yoani Sanchez is financed by the CIA" and "Down with the American blockade of Cuba, Yoani Sanchez is a persona non grata in Bahia."

Cuban authorities consider the small community of outspoken dissidents on the island to be traitorous "mercenaries" who accept foreign money to try to undermine the government.

"This is something you don't see in my country," Sanchez said, motioning toward the protesters. She called the protest a "shower of democracy and pluralism."
Compassionate One

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Feb 18, 2013
 
SUPERB!

KUDOS to the author!

In Cuba constructive dialogue is not tolerated by the dictatorship!
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Feb 18, 2013
 
No such thing as constructive engagement in Communist Cuba......A SUPERB article!

Kudos to the author!
Jill

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Feb 18, 2013
 
Compassionate One wrote:
No such thing as constructive engagement in Communist Cuba......A SUPERB article!
Kudos to the author!
Kudos to the author!aA super article!
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Feb 18, 2013
 
SUPERB!

KUDOS to Yoani Sanchez!

“Its all in the mind..or is it?”

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Feb 19, 2013
 
balsero ahora hablas con los otros tu...pobrecito
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Feb 19, 2013
 
Cherokee wrote:
balsero ahora hablas con los otros tu...pobrecito
A callar...MOJON!

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balsero when are you going to grow a spine and come and shut me up yourself

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Feb 19, 2013
 
54 years of sufering in Cuba due to cowards like WJDC and LIEger. The shame of the world
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Feb 19, 2013
 
Cherokee wrote:
balsero when are you going to grow a spine and come and shut me up yourself
Callese ya cacazote inmundo!

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Feb 19, 2013
 
balsero tu eres un mama pin gaa
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Feb 19, 2013
 
Cherokee vieja tortillera Chavista!

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