Blogger Yoani Sanchez Waits in Havana to Attend a Meeting in Chile

Source: News Agency. EFE-Spain.

The Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez, one of the iconic defenders of Human Rights in Cuba, has been included as one of the participants in the 5th International Congress of the Spanish Language in Chile.

Sources inform that the organizers of this grand cultural encounter, which is celebrated in the Chilean city of Valparaiso from March 2nd to the 5th, are counting on the attendance of Yoani Sanchez, and for that reason have included her in the program of activities.

In concrete, it is predicted that the popular Cuban blogger, whose labor has been distinguished with the Ortega and Gasset Journalism Award, and with one of the Bobs awards for best blogs, will participate in the debate dedicated to the “Literary creation and new digital supports.”

This past January 13, Sanchez announced on her blog that she was invited to the Conference on Language but admitted that she did not know if they would let her go to Chile.  Today, the blogger told EFE that they still have not given her “permission to leave” to go to Valparaiso, but also have not denied it.

In the meanwhile, Yoani Sanchez, considered by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, still has “hopes” of participating in this important cultural meeting that unites over 200 experts from numerous countries in Valparaiso.

Whatever the results may be, Sanchez will announce them in a few days on Twitter, she said.  On more than one occasion Sanchez has not been able to attend international meetings which she was invited to, such as the 64th General Assembly of the Interamerican Press Society, which was celebrated in Madrid on October 2008.

On that occasion she had to resort to sending a video recording where she expressed her ideas and explained how the Internet has accomplished a breaking of the monopoly which the Cuban government has on information.

Born in Havana in 1975, Yoani Sanchez has a degree in Hispanic Philology in Arts and Letters.  Her thesis was titled “Words under Pressure: A Study of the Literature of Dictatorships in Latin America.”

Just like she states in her blog, on April 2007 she was “entangled” in the adventure of having a blog titled “Generation Y,” which she has defined as “an exercise in cowardice” that allows her to say, in that space, that which is prohibited in her civic action.

“To my surprise, this personal therapy, in little time, won the attention of thousands of people all over the world.  Thanks to the civil and virtual web that has been knitted around GY I have been able to continue updating this blog each week,” writes Sanchez.

Yoani Sanchez’s blog has quickly become a way to understand the day-to-day life of Cubans, in which she receives thousands of responses for each of her texts.  Her power of interior convocation has been so great that the Cuban authorities opted to cut the access to the “blog”.

Translated by Raul G.

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