Yoani Sánchez’s passport is full, but she still can’t leave Cuba / El pasaporte de Yoani Sánchez


Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez explains why her passport has no room for stamps despite
her not having been allowed to leave Cuba in quite a while. Turn on CC in YouTube for English subtitles. Many people are under the illusion that the Cuban government is
on the verge of enacting a migratory reform, no? I am very skeptical on that point because migratory control of the borders both to enter and to leave — for Cubans themselves — is
today one of the strongest instruments of ideological manipulation, of political coersion, that the Cuban authorities have. In my personal case, I have been able to
experiment with the absurd Cuban migration system In my personal case, I have been able to
experiment with the absurd Cuban migration system in all its force and with all its violation of human rights. For example, this is my passport. It’s a passport that has a peculiarity It is full of visas, but doesn’t have a single permission to exit. As you can see here, this passport was issued on April 9, 2008. I remember that I requested this passport, that is I
went to the migration office to request this passport with the motivation of a possible trip to Spain
to be present at the award ceremony for the Ortega y Gasset journalism awards. I had won an award for digital journalism. And, well, with much illusion, thinking
I would be able to go to Spain I requested that this passport be made. A
passport in Cuba costs 55 convertible pesos. That is roughly 60 U.S. dollars. That amounts to
three month’s wages for any average worker. So, already, we see the absurdity and the plunder. Alright. On this passport, I got my first visa to
go to Spain and enjoy other countries of Europe. Clearly, they did not let me travel and denied me
the permission to exit the country on that occasion. Later I got a visa — my first visa to go to the
United States — to go to Columbia University in New York to be present at the ceremony for the Maria Moors Cabot awards. That is the oldest journalism prize on the planet. I had won an honorable mention. It was not possible to take
this trip because they did not give me the authorization. Not long after that, I obtained this visa from the Polish embassy in Cuba to participate in a series of conferences on journalism, my experiences as a blogger, as a citizen journalist, at various Polish institutions and, most of all,
sponsored by the most important newspaper of that country. It was not possible for me to travel that time either. Here I have another North American visa that
I was granted to participate in various ceremonies. Among them was a ceremony organized by TIME magazine because I was selected in 2008 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in
the World — much to my surprise, as I’m but a tiny ant, But, hey, there I was among all those famous
people. And they gave me this visa so that I could give a number of presentations on my blog
and my writing in various cities and universities in the U.S. It was not possible to travel then, either. My first Canadian visa. This was a very important visa for me. Unfortunately, I could not use this one either. I had been invited to an event where they deal with Latin
American issues, and where there is always an official Cuban delegation. And that year, 2009, I was to go as a sort
of freelance representative — an independent person from the island. Of course, the Cuban government denied me permission to go. Here is my first visa to Chile. Chile – Congress of Language, year 2009. I was to give a presentation titled “How to write on
Twitter and not destroy the Spanish language in the process.” It was to touch on the immediacy of new technologies in
social media and the dilemma of running over the language or conserving the Spanish language and its beauty in social media. Despite the fact that many people tried to intercede, even the president of Chile at the time, Michelle Bachelet, tried
to make an effort to enable me to leave even the king of Spain, who was to be there and who
presides in an honorary way over the congress, also tried, but the response from the Cuban government was, “No.” A round “no.” My first visa to Argentine, where I was
to present a book of mine. My book, “Cuba Libre,” which is a compilation of my writings. Not
only did the Cuban government not allow me to leave, to Argentina, but also confiscated a box with copies of my book
that had been sent to me from Argentina in the mail. So not only did I end up without a
trip, but also without my own books. Here I have another European visa. This time
I got it from the Austrian embassy. I had been invited by the International Press Institute — the IPI — to participate in its conference, and also because I was selected to be on
a list of 100 people who do journalism under some kind of risk or certain kinds of difficulties. Obviously, I could not go to Austria either. This was my third United States visa. There was a presentation
of my book, “Cuba Libre” and this visa was for me to participate in a book tour for my book in the U.S. It was not possible to travel. My other European visa. Here, I had been invited to Italy for
a very interesting event on journalism in the city of Ferrara. Since Italy was the first place where my writing had come out compiled into
a book, I was going to take advantage and connect with my readers spend a day at the publishing house that published the book… It was not possible. This one, this one, and this one are the same. This is another visa that is still… let’s
see… this is another visa to Spain from when I was invited to speak and present another book
of mine — a technical book on blogs, WordPress, etc. and they gave this visa, which clearly has gone unused. Another United States visa. This is from a shirt time
ago. They had invited me to New York to offer a series of conferences together with another blogger named Miriam Zelaya but the Cuban government never authorized my exit. And this visa, which is still valid until October 28 of this year, 2012, is a visa they gave me from Spain, to participate
in various events and the presentation of various awards including the iRedes award, which is given by the University of Navarra
to people who stand out in social media for their work. I won the award last year. I was never able to participate in
the ceremony, but I hope that before October 28 of this year I can get permission to set foot on European soil. Oh, and this one is a visa to Brazil. Of course, it’s expired. It’s time has passed and I was never
able to travel to present my book in Brazil and give a talk as well as have an audience with the Brazilian congress. The
very president of Brazil interceded and they still never let me leave. This passport, which has never boarded a plane, can no longer
be used because there is nowhere to put a visa. That is to say, I have a very peculiar passport.
Full of authorizations to enter other countries, But without a single authorization to leave my own.

20 thoughts on “Yoani Sánchez’s passport is full, but she still can’t leave Cuba / El pasaporte de Yoani Sánchez

  • Why has blogger Yoani Sanchez been unable to leave #Cuba despite a passport full of visas? Watch the video (and turn on English captions if you need them) to find out.

  • ESTA NO ES CIUDADANA NORMAL ESTA RATA ES UNA MERCENARIA
    ASALARIADA DEL IMPERIO YANKY Y LAS MAFIAS DE MIAMI PORQUE
    NO DICE SE QUIERE IR A MIAMI NO ES PENDEJA SAVE FUERA
    DE CUBA NADIE LE DARIA UN DOLAR ADEMAS ESTUVO FUERA
    DE CUBA Y REGRESO EN TODOS LOS VIDEOS SIEMPRE HABLA
    DE ELLA TODO ELLA SE NOTA QUE LO QUE BUSCA ESTA MERCENARIA ES BILLETE

  • VENDE PATRIA TU VIVISTES EN ELEMANIA Y SUIZA
    HAORA TAMBIEN QUIERES SALIR A DIFRUTAR
    LOS MILES DE DOLARES QUE TE AN PAGADO POR
    VENDE PATRIA O QUIERES SALIR A RECOJER TUS
    HERENCIAS ESAS QUE TE DAN POR VENDE PATRIA
    APLICA PARA IRTE A MIAMI QUE SEGURO TE LA DARAN
    PERO NO CREO LO AGAS NO ERES PENDEJA SE TE TERMINA EL NEGOCIO

  • GUSANOSDEMIAMI! TREMENDO MIEDO LE TIENEN TUS AMOS A LA FLACA YOANI! TREMENDOS "MACHOS" QUE SON "LA CHINA" RAUL Y "LA MOMIA" FIDEL!

  • @humberto capiro SI MUCHO MIEDO JAJAJAJA QUE PUEDE HACER ESTA MERCENARIA SI TODOS EN CUBA SAVEMOS ES UN SIMPLE CIBERMERCENARIA DE LA FUNDACION NACIONAL CUBANA AMERICANA Y LA CIA ESTOS VENDE PATRIAS NO VAN A NINGUN
    LADO LOS UNICO QUE LES INPORTA A ESTAS RATAS EL DINERO QUE RECIBEN POR SUS CIRCOS QUE MONTAN EN CONTRA DE SU MISMA PATRIA

  • Coño esta mujer tiene Visa para asta el planeta Marte
    Yoani animo ya pudistes salir del pais ahora te pido mucho valor con este mundo que la verdad es muy dificil

  • PARA ALGUNOS IMBECILES LA MERCENARIA DE YOANI SANCHEZ ES PRIMERA VEZ QUE SALE DEL PAIS ESTA RATA VIVIO EN SUIZA Y ALEMANIA ANTES DE METERASE AL NEGOCIO DE CIBERMERCENARIA PAGADA POR LA CIA Y LOS GRUPOS DE MAFIOSOS DE MIAMI QUIEN CREEN PENDEJOS PAGA TODOS LOS GASTOS DE LOS VIAJES DE ESTA VENDE PATRIA PONGAN A TRABAJAR LAS POCAS HORMONAS QUE TIENEN CON CUAL CULO PODRA PAGARSE ESTA MAL NACIDA TODOS ESOS VIAJES LO QUE ESTA HACIENDO

  • QUE MALENON!!!

    Ela não vende e nem é contra prátia alguma, ela é contra o Governo….quer mais liberdade, desenvolvimento.

    TEM MANÉ CONFUNDINDO PÁTRIA COM GOVERNO. PORQUE O CARA NÃO GOSTA DO GOVERNO PETISTA TAMBÉM NÃO GOSTA DO BRASIL!!!!!

    QUE É ISSO, TEM QUE RACIOCINAR

  • no me gustaria entrar en polemica con nadie,yo creo que en toda esta cituacion se a perdido un poco el hilo de lo que en realidad acontece que en este caso es la cituacion en cuba y una vez mas hemos caido en el insulto y la falta de etica,SOY CUBANO,y para mi no es nada novedoso la realidad de mi paiz,ahunque respeto las opiniones de ambos lados,porque!… 1/2

  • porque al final las opiniones no nos hacen estar mas en lo cierto o en lo erroneo,nos hacen ser lo que somos,personas con ideales y con derecho a la exprecion,me encantaria poder decirle a yoanis de frente que aqui en houston,tx donde vivo,tiene su casa tambien,que la admiro y la sigo a pesar de tener pocos dias de conocer su historia…2/2

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