In Miami, Cuban dissident blogger calls for unity

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 4:36 PM

MIAMI (AP) — One of Cuba's most renowned dissidents is calling for unity after five decades of a revolution that has divided families and sent thousands into exile.

Blogger Yoani Sanchez spoke Monday at Miami's Freedom Tower, where many Cuban exiles were processed after fleeing the 1959 communist revolution.

Sanchez told an enthusiastic audience she dreams of a Cuba where people don't have to differentiate themselves by politics. Instead, she said, "We'll be just Cubans. Period."

Sanchez has earned praise worldwide for her candid descriptions of modern life in Cuba. In 2009 she was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine.

She is on an international tour after being allowed to leave Cuba for the first time in nearly a decade.

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