More of the Yoani Sanchez drama. Now the Cuban blogger -praised by right wing Miami Cubans- is accusing the government of Cuba of sending thugs to beat her up, to prevent her from attending a rally. Hmmm...
Yoani Sanchez in the comfortable apartment she received from the Cuban government for free. Photos by OpinionNoticiasIt sounds bad, but Sanchez hasn't even posted a photo of her injuries or any other proofs of the attack, more importantly how can she know her attackers were members of the Cuban government?
Sanchez has posted a summary of what she said happened to her, this is the way she ends the post:
We were left aching, lying in a street in Timba, a woman approached, “What has happened?”… “A kidnapping,” I managed to say. We cried in each others arms in the middle of the sidewalk, thinking about Teo, for God’s sake how am I going to explain all these bruises. How am I going to tell him that we live in a country where this can happen, how will I look at him and tell him that his mother, for writing a blog and putting her opinions in kilobytes, has been beaten up on a public street. How to describe the despotic faces of those who forced us into that car, their enjoyment that I could see as they beat us, their lifting my skirt as they dragged me half naked to the car.Does this description sound reliable to you? Not to me. It's hard to trust someone who only complains about the failures of the Cuban government system -what society is perfect anyways- but remains totally silent about the abuses of the U.S. blockade which forces Cuban people into extreme poverty. Yoani doesn't protest about the Cuban unfairly imprisoned in the U.S., or the extreme poverty that thousands of Cuban exiles suffer in cities of the U.S. and other countries of the Americas, and other important issues.
Cuba is not a perfect society but it has some good things, including the completely free educational system that has benefited Yoani Sanchez. It's obvious to me that all the awards and sponsorship she gets are coming from Miami and Madrid, especially from anti-Castro groups.
You see, Yoani Sanchez likes to victimize herself as a martyr suffering from a cruel persecution. She has created an image that allows her to get about 500,000 hits a day (?) and supporters call her "the voice of Cuban dissidents". She's been praised by many receiving awards, money, and all kind of favorable propaganda.
Don't get me wrong, I believe that all types of violence must be protested, and no one should be intimidated by their ideas or opinions or what they write in their blog. But I just wonder why would the Cuban government send thugs to beat up a group of biased bloggers? Who wins from this? This makes no sense, unless this is just another publicity scheme to benefit the image of Yoani Sanchez. It's working only for those who refuse to see all sides of her stories.