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American Airlines prevents Cuban activist from boarding flight back to Havana

Activist Anamely Ramos
Alexia Fodere
Miami Herald
The Cuban government denied Anamely Ramos entry into the country, the activist explained in an interview outside the Versailles restaurant in Miami on Feb. 16, 2022.

At the request of the Cuban government, American Airlines did not allow Cuban activist Anamely Ramos to board a flight at Miami International Airport bound for Havana on Wednesday.

Ramos, an art professor and member of the opposition group San Isidro Movement, was trying to return to Havana from Miami, where she was visiting, when airline employees prevented her from boarding, telling her that the island’s authorities were denying her entry into the country.

The Cuban government has frequently denied entry to opponents and activists, but usually after they’ve already arrived on the island. Ramos is one of the voices most critical of the government within the group of artists and academics that make up the San Isidro Movement.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.