Cuban journalists seek protection in El Salvador after being expelled from their country and denied asylum in Nicaragua

The journalists Héctor Luis Valdés (left) and Esteban Rodríguez (right) were expelled from Cuba this 4 from January, the Director of Migration and Immigration of El Salvador (center) assures that they will give support.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The Savior – Two Cuban journalists who were detained and exiled from the island, they were stranded at the international airport of El Salvador, after the Nicaraguan government denied them entry to the country in search of asylum.

Héctor Luis Valdés Cocho and Esteban Rodríguez, journalists from the independent newspaper ADN and members of the San Isidro Movement, Now El Salvador will provide them with humanitarian aid while their situation is resolved according to the Immigration authorities and the Human Rights Ombudsman who heard the call of the Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES).

One of the journalists related that both were forced to leave their land and, arriving at Tocumen airport (Panama), they had to travel to El Salvador bound for Managua. Already in El Salvador, They were called by the airport loudspeaker to inform them that they were rejected to enter Nicaragua.

The journalist tells how his partner, Esteban Rodriguez, was transported directly from prison to the Havana airport in the early morning hours of 4 from January. Even with the feet marked by the “shakiras” (standing handcuffs), arrived at the air terminal and met Valdés. They were both told that they were expelled and that they will never be able to return to Cuba.

The journalist Esteban Rodríguez was detained until yesterday for protesting the past 30 of April, in the Obispo street march, that marked the resurgence of the dissident movement in Cuba.

In the morning hours of this Wednesday, both the Director of Migration, Ricardo Cucalón and the Attorney for the Defense of Human Rights, Apollonius Tobar, to learn about the immigration situation of the two Cuban journalists.

The president of APES, César Castro Fagoaga, pointed out that “the problem is that they did not know where to go and being stranded in an airport after they have expelled you from your country is a big problem. They wanted to be certain that they had a place to go, even if it was not the ideal ".

"We spoke by phone with Héctor Valdez (one of the journalists) and told us that they had been prevented from entering (to Nicaragua). We knew they were in legal limbo because Cubans need a visa to enter El Salvador and their goal is to reach the United States ", said the present from APES.

Meanwhile, the journalist Esteban Rodríguez, specified that he was imprisoned in Cuba for eight months and was tortured.

“A Cuban citizen is expelled simply for wanting to think differently, for wanting to exercise this, independent journalism, free journalism, for censoring journalism ", He said.

“We are in a country where human rights are respected, there is freedom and we feel safe, if they give us the opportunity to stay, we will stay here in El Salvador ", He held.

Statements to the press in El Salvador by Cuban journalists after leaving the El Salvador International airport
Journalist Esteban Rodríguez denounces from the airport in El Salvador what he experienced with the Cuban government regime