In Cuba the Regime Decides Who Can, and Can't, Go Home Again

April 1, 2015 6:24 PM

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Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 1 April 2015 -- Imagine that, after a flight of more than nine hours, you arrive at your destination but they don't let you get off the plane. Your legs are numb from the journey, your relatives are waiting for you out there, and your suitcases are full of gifts for friends, but an immigration official informs you that you will not be allowed to enter the country of your birth. You have to stay in your seat, tired and frustrated, while they clean the plane for the next passengers. In the time you wait for it to return to the airport whence you came, you can't stop asking yourself, "How could this happen to me in my own country?"

That nightmare was just experienced by the artist Aldo "Maldito" Menendez -- whose nickname means "cursed" -- as he tried to visit Cuba to participate in the Cervantes Alternate Lives Festival of Camagüey (FIVAC). The Cuban consulate in Spain had already warned him that he was not welcome on the isl...

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