Yoani Sanchez: A warm welcome in Miami

Via Reuters:

Dissident Cuban blogger gets warm reception from Miami exiles

Yoani Sanchez, the best-known dissident blogger from Cuba, reacts to applause before speaking at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida April 1, 2013. REUTERS-Joe Skipper

(Reuters) – Cuba’s best-known dissident, journalist Yoani Sanchez, received a hero’s welcome on Monday from the Cuban-American exile community in Miami, her latest stop in an 80-day tour of more than a dozen countries.

It was the largest and most politically unified reception in at least a decade for a dissident from the island by Miami’s Cuban-American exile community, which has often clashed with opposition figures in Cuba over political strategy.

With many leaders of Miami’s Cuban-exile community in attendance, Sanchez was introduced as “an authentic defender and heroine” of human rights in Cuba by Eduardo Padron, the president of Miami Dade College, which hosted the event.

She was greeted by about 1,000 invitees with a standing ovation accompanied by shouts of “Freedom! Freedom!” as she took the stage at Miami’s iconic Freedom Tower, a one-time processing center in the 1960s for Cuban refugees.

Seemingly surprised by the warmth and size of the reception, she smiled and flashed the V for victory sign in response, before receiving the keys to the city of Miami.

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