Tracey Eaton reports on Yoani Sanchez’s visit to NYC, including quotes from yours truly.
Yoani Sánchez: “Difficult times are ahead for Cuba”
Acclaimed Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez praised the power of the Internet to protect democracy activists from repression and help transform Cuba. She told supporters in New York:
Technology didn’t just change the life of this little person here with you now. Technology is changing people’s lives.
Sánchez left the island in February and is on an 80-day swing through Europe and the Americas. She traveled this morning to Washington, D.C., where she plans to meet with lawmakers.
“I’m not going to ask for anything,” Sánchez said in New York before reaching the nation’s capital. “Change in Cuba must come from inside Cuba.”
Cuban writer and artist Coco Fusco said Sánchez “spearheads the most significant cultural and political movement to emerge in Cuba in the past decade.”
Supporters of the Cuban government repeatedly accuse Sánchez of somehow being an invention of the U.S. government, an accusation she denies.
Asked what motivates her in the face of such criticism, Sánchez told Along the Malecón in an interview:
I am very stubborn. Ever since I was a little girl I have been stubborn. If I wanted to do something, I followed through to the end.
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