Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Protesters target Cuba dissident

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, centre, is chanted at by pro-Castro supporters, at the Guararapes International airport, Brazil (AP/Hans von Manteuffeul-Agencia O Globo)

Pro-Cuba protesters in Brazil have halted an event featuring the best-known dissident from the communist island who is making her first international trip in nearly a decade.

Around 60 boisterous protesters took over a film screening on Monday night in Brazil's northeastern Bahia state.

Blogger Yoani Sanchez was due to watch a documentary featuring her and the subject of press freedom in Cuba.

The protesters began to surround her, chanting pro-Cuba slogans, and she was removed from the scene by security guards.

She said later that she was afraid such protests might follow her as she embarks on an 80-day tour of a dozen nations.

Ms Sanchez was able to leave Cuba after 20 failed attempts because the Cuban government recently relaxed its block on dissidents travelling abroad.

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