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Cuban doctors are now ‘free to travel,’ or so they say

Remember a few months ago when the Cuban dictatorship announced they were eliminating the exit permit and all Cubans were now free to leave the island as they pleased?

Remember how excited the press became over the news and how "Cuba Experts" touted this news as proof positive that the murderous Castro dictatorship was really changing for the better?

Remember when the details of the Castro regime's new travel policy became public and it became apparent the Cuban government still controlled who can and cannot travel because they decided who could and could not be granted a passport?

Remember how the press and the "Cuba Experts" all fell silent after this revelation and have avoided the subject ever since?

Remember how just recently, Rosa Maria Payá, the daughter of the assassinated dissident Oswaldo Payá, was denied permission by the Castro regime to travel to Chile to take a university course, proving beyond a doubt the travel reforms of the Cuban government are a ruse?

Well, keep all this in mind as you read about this latest "reform" by the dictatorship of the Castro brothers.

The AP via ABC News:

Cuba to Free Doctors From Onerous Travel Rules

A Cuban doctor says the Caribbean nation is eliminating longstanding restrictions on health care professionals' overseas travel as part of a broader migration reform.

The doctor says hospital directors met Saturday with Health Minister Roberto Morales and were told of the new policy, effective Jan. 14.

For many years Cuban physicians have been limited in their ability to travel or had to undergo cumbersome bureaucratic procedures.

But now they are supposed to be treated "like any other citizen" when it comes to traveling abroad.

The doctor was not authorized to talk to foreign journalists and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday.

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