WASHINGTON - The Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez on Wednesday ended a two-day visit to Washington with private meetings at the highest political level to discuss U.S. policy toward the island, including the trade embargo, and offer personal testimony about the conditions life of civil society, among others.
"It was just that kind of conversation one day dream of having in Cuba," said Sanchez.
In a clear example of the importance and power of attraction that generated their U.S. tour, Sanchez, 37, met at the White House with the Presidential Adviser for Western Hemisphere issues, Ricardo Zuniga. Earlier he met with Cuban Senatorsand Bob Menendez.
Sanchez wanted to make clear the difficulties facing domestic opposition and consistent harassment by the Cuban government to tone down the complaints and claims of freedom of peaceful opposition.
Sanchez's agenda included a visit to the State Department in the afternoon to collect the prize Bold Women 2011, an award that was granted in the absence two years ago. The award recognizes the commitment to integrity and human rights. Later the blogger was presented at Georgetown University to speak at a forum with students and academics.
Sanchez called positive meeting with U.S. senators. He highlighted the atmosphere of openness, although she has expressed opposition to the U.S. embargo maintained since 1962.
"We talk about issues that touch, of course, support, assistance and solidarity that can be from outside," said Sanchez, founder of the blog Generation Y. He recalled that lacked "a touch of humor typical of Cubans." He jokingly said he had invited the senators to have a coffee "on the 14th floor of my building Yugoslav model, I hope one day to be there."
As a pioneer in the use of alternative blogs in Cuba, Sanchez stressed the importance of technology to encourage a process of democratization and openness.
"The technologies were also protagonists of this conversation. The Cuban lock must be opened from inside and outside, "said Sanchez.
Sanchez has visited countries such as Mexico and Brazil, Czech Republic and Spain. The blogger began an extensive tour in February 80 days after the Cuban government decided to reform its policy on travel to and from the island.
In this context Rubio Sanchez rated exceptional woman. He recognized his integrity and knowledge of the problems of the Cuban population.
"Through her blog Generation Y, Yoani has given to the world the valuable information on daily life in Cuba and, more importantly, gives us an idea of what advocates of democracy in Cuba, brave as she, can do with some internet access, "said Rubio. "I think the expansion of internet access in Cuba is an important goal of foreign policy we must work so that many more may follow the example of Yoani and help expose the reality of inept and repressive nature of the regime ".