Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez to speak at Freedom Tower
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Cuban activist and blogger Yoani Sanchez is in town and will be making her first stop in Downtown Miami's Freedom Tower on Monday afternoon.
The blogger with an international following will be taking her tales of life in Cuba around the world. Her appearance at the Freedom Tower will be the first stop on an 80-day world tour.
The dissident has garnered multiple awards and accolades. She is best known for her blog, Generation Wide, where she dared to speak out from behind the communist curtain of Cuba reporting and telling stories often critical of life in that country. The blog has been translated in 17 languages, and she reaches over 460,000 twitter followers.
Sanchez is expected to speak to a crowd of 800 at the Freedom Tower at 2 p.m. and will be hosted by Miami-Dade College.
Director of Communications for Miami-Dade College, Juan Mendieta said, "Number one, we're very excited. We have been working on this for several days now, on the setup. I imagine she's going to talk about this building, such a historic building that processed so many Cubans in the '60s and '70s. I'm sure she's going to be bringing a message to the youth of this community. She speaks their language, she's so connected and has a tremendous following and in community at large, not only Cuban-Americans. She's somebody who's managed to get a following worldwide, not only in this atmosphere. So, we're looking forward to it at 2 o'clock. More than a 1,000 people will be packing the Freedom Tower to listen to Yoani Sanchez."
At 7 p.m. she will lecture a group on whether technologies and social media can accelerate Cuba's democratization. She will also receive the Florida International University Medallion of Courage, an award given to those who pursue a noble cause at a personal cost.
Sanchez has documented her many troubles in Cuba, being kidnapped last year and arrested in October.
The 37-year-old will leave Miami on Thursday and head to Europe.
While she has her fans, she also has people who think she works for the CIA. Therefore, officials will be preparing for protesters outside the Freedom Tower.
Tickets for the event at the Freedom Tower are sold out.
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