New rules for the same old game
“Calculate that by the 1st week of February I will have my passport be able to travel… fingers crossed. I’ll believe it when I am in the plane!” – Yoani Sanchez, over twitter today.
In October of 2012 the regime in Cuba announced migration reforms that would take effect today January 14, 2013. Cubans on the island are going through the motions, but many are as skeptical as Yoani Sanchez on whether they will be able to travel. Not so, John McAuliff of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, who lobbies for engagement between the United States government and the dictatorship in Cuba and was quoted today in an article by the Associated Press saying that “Cuba now provides greater freedom of travel to virtually all of its citizens than does the U.S.”
With all due respect to Mr. McAuliff but the above statement is not borne out by the facts and would earn him the laughter of many Cubans. For example, Rosa María Payá was not allowed by the Cuban government to travel to Chile between January 8 through the 15th in Santiago, Chile. Its not only the Cubans that contradict his claim.
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