A somewhat well known cuban dissident visited my country last week. She met some of the right and centre political leaders to denounce the horror of cuba. then she left the country to go back to cuba where she was well received.
Doesn't quite sound like the Cuban "prison" is going to be in "total control over your life" if you can go back freely there in spite of your public criticism.
And her name is? Yoani Sanchez maybe? And the source of the report that she was well received? And your comment on how many years she was held in the prison against her will before being allowed out? The only report I have found says that on arrival in Havana she was well received by her husband and son. Is that what you were referring to?
Were you one of the Che t-shirt wearing brigade that attempted to shout her down at various stops throughout South America? At protests promoted by Cuban agents.
Many people reasonably believe that Yoani was allowed out on her 21st attempt because she is opposed to the embargo and hopefully would actually be a spokesperson for the Raul regime. Her permission to leave was just window dressing by a government that can now point to her as an example of how free Cuba is. Something you are anxious to have evidence of. But having learned that she has a son and husband in Havana it is now clear to me why she returned. I am sure the foreign groups who funded her trip could also have funded tickets for her husband and son, but that would never happen under the regime.
But perhaps more telling of all is that within Cuba most Cubans have never heard of Yoani and have no idea who she is. How could they, when they are denied access to the internet and unable to read her blogs or any international media reports on her dissent?
A Cuban who worked for me, a trusted Party member, was sent to Chile in a work programme. Meaning most of his salary had to be sent to Fidel. When he realised that Chile was the best future for his family and refused to return to Cuba when the Party recalled him, his brother in Havana was fired from his job.
Yes, I know all about what it means for Cubans to travel "freely", when they have family held as hostages inside the prison.
I have read your recent expression of solidarity with the "Madres de la Plaza" in Buenos Aires." Let's hear about your solidarity with the even braver "Damas en blanco" in Cuba, who are constantly abused by the police and Communist Party for their stand on human rights.
Will you be posting from Cuba? That would be interesting.