|Yoani Sanchez in New York City|
She had been acquainted with some of her big fans in the virtual world, but now she was meeting them for the first time in the real world, triggering hugs and whoops of delight.
The blogger's connection with her online audience is close and passionate, and several of her supporters were near tears, their voices trembling, when talking to her for the first time.
|Yoani Sanchez tweets during her appearance at New York University.|
It was clear that Sanchez's supporters in New York City far outnumbered her critics. I saw only a few hecklers.
Many people see Sanchez as a symbol of hope. And the blogger's travels to the U.S. and other nations will likely help strengthen the international network of digital activists who seek peaceful democratic change in Cuba.
Sanchez told her supporters to be patient. Change won't come from one day to the next, she said.