Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sanchez arrived in Brazil this morning and quite possibly may have thought she had never left Cuba. Sanchez, Cuba’s best-known dissident, was immediately met by a mob of pro-Castro dictatorship demonstrators organized by the Cuban embassy. As Yoani made her way through the airport terminal surrounded by media and some supporters, the group followed behind her waving banners in support of Cuba’s dictatorship and hurling insults at her.
This tactic is typical of the Cuban regime. On the island, Cuban State Security regularly organizes mobs to harass and intimidate dissidents and human rights activists. Often these acts of repudiation become violent with the victims receiving brutal beatings and their homes pelted with rocks and debris.
What makes this latest loathsome act by the Cuban dictatorship all the more nefarious is the alleged help they received from leftist Brazilian officials who assisted the Castro regime in organizing this harassment. According to Veja, a Brazilian news site, the Cuban ambassador to Brazil held meetings with several officials from the country’s government, including a close adviser to the President’s Secretary General, to plan the surveillance of Sanchez and to organize counter demonstrations at her public events.
El Nuevo Herald has photographs of the act of repudiation that greeted Yoani Sanchez on her arrival in Brazil:
See more photographs HERE.