Pro-Cuba protesters halt dissident Yoani's event

Associated Press
Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, center, is chanted at by pro-Castro supporters, accusing her of being a U.S. spy, upon her arrival at the Guararapes International airport, in Recife, Brazil, Monday, Feb.18, 2013. Sanchez has arrived in Brazil - her first stop in a three-month tour of 12 nations. Sanchez was barred from leaving Cuba for the last decade. But she's taking advantage of the communist island's relaxation on travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Hans von Manteuffeul-Agencia O Globo)
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FEIRA DE SANTANA, Brazil (AP) — 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.

About five dozen boisterous protesters took over a film screening Monday night in Brazil's northeastern Bahia state. Blogger Yoani Sanchez was to watch a documentary featuring her and the subject of press freedom in Cuba.

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

Yoani told The Associated Press minutes later she was afraid such protests might follow her as she embarks on an 80-day tour of a dozen nations.

Yoani was able to leave Cuba after 20 failed attempts because the Cuban government recently relaxed its block of dissidents traveling abroad.

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