March 11, 2014
Yoani Sánchez granted visa
After speculation that Cuba dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez wouldn’t be able to enter Argentina because of a visa complication, she announced yesterday that she would receive a visa to enter Argentina and attributed the procedural delays to her country’s bureaucracy.
Buenos Aires will be one of the cities Sánchez will visit on her worldwide tour. Sánchez, the author of the blog “Generation Y”, began the tour in Brazil and will visit several other countries throughout the Americas and Europe, thanks to the migration reforms implemented by Cuba last month that eliminated restrictions for Cubans who to travel abroad.
“This is great news,” Sánchez said yesterday morning after being asked about her Argentina visa application. In an interview given to radio Del Plata, the blogger explained that because the Argentine consulate in Havana receives many visa applications, the Argentine ambassador in Brazil Luis María Kreckler had told her that there wasn’t any problem.
“In Havana, probably due to bureaucratic issues, it was difficult to obtain the visa with the time I had,” said Sánchez before travelling to Brasilia, where she was to continue her activities yesterday.
When asked if she would finally visit Argentina, Sánchez responded “Yes, I’m going. All that is left to do is figure out the exact dates. I’m organizing my trip schedule, but I believe I will soon be there.”
The renowned 37-year-old blogger, when referring to the objective of her world tour, remarked “I have an academic motive and also a professional, journalistic interest, which is to write over what I see and learn about the journalism that is being done throughout the world so I can bring back the experiences to Cuba.”
Sánchez also said that she had many personal reasons to visit, such as to visit the people that had written to her over the years: “More than five years have passed since I began asking permission to travel and I received a total of 20 rejections. But finally, the immigration issue is longer a problem for me and I am now enjoying the moment.”
Herald with Ambito.com