“The plane carrying Yoani Sanchez @ # cuba Brazil took off at 12 h 12.” The announcement came on Sunday 17 February, on the Twitter account of the Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez. A tweet posted by her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, a freelance journalist, who came with him to the Havana airport along with their young son and some friends.
Together, they present for his new passport and customs disappear be in the departure lounge. “It’s okay, she wrote on her Twitter page, just before boarding. My name was not called by the speaker, they have not led me to a room for a body search or a warning … I can already feel the # Freedom. ”
At 37, Yoani Sanchez, pet peeve of State Security, was prevented nineteen times to leave Cuba in recent years. Author Since 2007, a blog called “Generation Y”, with reference to Cubans, like her, a commentary name? Ing a Y, born in the 1970s and 1980s, at the time of the Sovietization of ? the she re? ut several awards digital journalism and was listed in 2008 among the hundred most influential people in the world according to Time.
TEST-KEY TO CUBA
Distinctions that have quickly propelled among the dissident most read and appreciated around the world for its style and its acidic scenes of everyday life descriptions, creating in turn the ire of the authorities in Havana. In 2011, the chain does Cubavisi??n had described as a “mercenary” engaged in a “cyber war” in the pay of Washington.
That is to say if his departure was followed closely by the international media present in Havana. Especially since, for many observers, the fact that the Cuban authorities allow or not to leave the country in this regard was a key test for the new immigration reform that came into force on January 14.
Since then, the “exit permit” or “white card”, which was previously required to leave the country, was officially abolished. Now, according to the law, only the passport is sufficient. While the state remains ma? Be or not to grant the passport, but the measure was per? Ue as one of the most significant reforms since General Raul Castro replaced his brother permanently? Born, Fidel, in the Head of State in February 2008.
MULTIPLICATION OF PASSPORT APPLICATIONS
In recent days, several opponents and applied for a passport, as Berta Soler, the leader of the Ladies in White, the association of wives of political prisoners who had not been able to go in 2005 to Strasbourg to receive the Sakharov Prize. She wants to go to Spain and Germany. Friday, Rosa Maria Paya, daughter of Christian Democratic dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in 2012, was able to go to Spain and then should go to Switzerland.
In Brazil, where she was due to arrive on Monday morning, after a stop in Panama, Yoani Sanchez begins a three-month tour in a dozen countries, including Peru, Mexico, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. In the United States, it has announced plans to visit the premises of the companies Google and Twitter, as well as Miami, where he saw his sister.
Brasilia had granted him a visa in 2012, during a visit of the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, Cuba. Yoani Sanchez was not so far obtained permission to leave the country. In Brazil, the blogger must participate in Bahia, the launch of the documentary Conexao Cuba Honduras, Brazilian Dado Galvao, in which she made an appearance. Thursday is expected to Sao Paulo. On the eve of her departure, she warned the government on Twitter: do not expect, even “dream” that I will not.