Sunday, May 10, 2009

Micsoda nő! Yoani most beszél magyar*

Yoani Sanchez of Generacion Y at the Parque Central Hotel in Havana. Photo: La Republica
Cuba's acclaimed blogger, Yoani Sanchez, wrote last week that she was going to have to go back to wearing disguises or speaking a foreign language to trick hotel employees into giving her Internet access.

That's because under new guidelines, some hotels aren't letting Cubans to connect to the Internet anymore, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported last week. Yoani wrote that hotel workers have told her that blue Cuban ID card isn't good for Internet access.
The desk clerks tell me—even though they are just as native as I am—that that blue card will not allow me to dive into the vast World Wide Web.

“It’s a decision that comes from above,” a woman says to me, as if a decision of this type could be taken at a level other than the offices of the government.

I see it will be hard to change myself into a foreigner overnight. So the only thing left is to protest against such a ban and to make public the existence of a new apartheid. I will have to go back in the guise of a tourist, although this time I will have to learn a language as complicated as Hungarian to fool those who sell the access cards.
Maybe the Parque Central Hotel wasn't following the new guidelines when La Republica took Yoani's picture at the hotel on May 6.

Or maybe Yoani figured out a way to fool them again.

* Translation from Hungarian: What a woman! Yoani now speaks Hungarian

Claudia Cadelo of Octavo Cerca says she's trying to figure out how to deal with the new Internet restrictions.

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