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Opposition leader Omara Ruiz Urquiola asks the US to be “transparent” in its policy towards Cuba

Cuban dissident Omara Ruiz Urquiola, who for the third time since arriving in the US on a tourist visa in January 2021 was unable to board a plane to Cuba, called on the US government to be “transparent” about its policy towards the island.

“Not only do we Cubans know nothing, neither do the American people,” she affirmed Ruiz Urquiola.

The art historian and former university professor said that she had informed an official of the US State Department in advance of her travel plans and reported that he told her that her superiors were going to “intercede” for her before the Cuban authorities.

The Cuban Embassy in Havana wrote a tweet about her case, but the activist lamented that her management with the official did not help and this time she was not able to get on the plane either.

The Southwest airline supported the orders of the Cuban dictatorship not to allow entry to Cuba with the “complicity” of the US government, she stressed.

Ruiz Urquiola assured that he urgently needs to travel to Cuba because the family farm in Pinar del Río (west of the country) was “devastated” by Hurricane Ian at the end of September and his 75-year-old mother, who lives there, is alone to take care of it. of everything.

Omara, who is a cancer patient and has received treatment in the US, is the sister of Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, a human rights activist who is in Europe and who has staged several protests at the UN office in Geneva and other organizations to denounce the Cuban Government.

According to the opposition leader, in January 2021 she traveled from Cuba to Miami to visit her oncologist and receive an award from the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, based in this city.

It was her fourth trip to the US and like the previous ones, she did it with a view of tourism.

Her visa was renewed while she was in Miami, due to the impossibility of returning to Cuba, and her current one expires in December.

Ruiz Urquiola was very critical both of the Cuban regime, for denying her the right to enter her own country, and of the United States, for allowing it.

“It is very painful to know that the great democracy in the world makes fun of us, leaves us helpless,” he said this Saturday in videos recorded in front of the Southwest counter at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, about 40 kilometers north of Miami, after being turned away as a passenger.

“I don’t have a migration plan, I don’t have the nationality of another country, nor am I an asylum seeker,” the activist stressed, emphasizing that her home and her family are in Cuba.

Even so, she was “hopeful” that her situation can be resolved because the United States is “a free country” and she has not violated the laws.

“This is arbitrary,” she stressed, after demanding that it be made known if the US and Cuba are negotiating and what.

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