Cuban government to let islanders travel freely
“The update to the migratory policy takes into account the right of the revolutionary State to defend itself from the interventionist and subversive plans of the U.S. government and its allies,” the note said. “Therefore, measures will remain to preserve the human capital created by the Revolution in the face of the theft of talent applied by the powerful.”
Cuba has on some occasions denied exit visas to government when they sought to travel abroad, and dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez said she has been turned down 20 times over the last five years.
“I have the suitcase ready to travel. … Let’s see if I get a flight for Jan. 14, 2013, to try out the new law.
But she expressed concern that officials might now control travel merely by denying passports.
Granma’s editorial said the measure will help address the needs of the Cuban diaspora.
More than 1 million people of Cuban origin live in the United States, and thousands more are in Europe.
Associated Press writer Anne-Marie Garcia in Havana contributed to this report.