Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez Calls for Cuban Unity

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Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez has called on Cuban exiles to help forge a feeling of unity among all Cubans so as to put an end to the popular concept of "Fidel's Cubans and Miami's Cubans."

"There is no you and us, there is only us. We won't permit them to remain separate," she said on Monday from Miami's Freedom Tower, an emblematic site for Cubans who left the island after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

Now, 54 years later, the Cuban exile community received the 37-year-old Sanchez with shouts of "Libertad, libertad" (Freedom, freedom), although there was also a protest against her opposition to the US embargo and her decision to return to Cuba once she has finished her current international tour.

Before a packed, standing-room-only hall, the blogger made an effort to extend her hand, avoid confrontation, seek agreement and express affection for the Cubans living abroad.

Attending the speech were local authorities, who received Sanchez as "a real freedom fighter," in the word