Dissident picks up passport after Cuban travel reform
AFPHAVANA--The leader of Cuba's Ladies in White opposition group obtained a passport Friday that will allow her to travel outside the country under an historic reform in the communist-run island.
February 10, 2013, 12:32 am TWN
Berta Soler said she went to a passport office where she had applied two weeks ago and obtained the document — quickly and without a hitch.
Only a day earlier, a colleague of hers in the Ladies in White, Gisela Delgado, was denied permission to leave Cuba despite the reform, which eliminated widely loathed exit visas needed until now for travel abroad.
Delgado said she had been told she was denied permission because of her “counter-revolutionary activities.” Hers was the first known case of an opposition member being denied permission to travel under the new reform.