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Tania Bruguera Now Has Her Passport

Tania Now Has Her Passport / 14ymedio
Posted on July 11, 2015

14ymedio, 11 July 2015 — The Cuban government finally returned her
passport to the artist Tania Bruguera, who can now outside the
island, she reported this Saturday in a statement on her Facebook site
#YoTambiénExijo. The document had been seized last December when she was
before staging a performance of political art in Havana.

http://translatingcuba.com/in-cuba-we-have-learned-our-duties-very-well-but-not-our-rights-14ymedio-yoani-sanchez-tania-bruguera/

According to the statement, State Security and a instructor
returned her only passport, a Cuban one, to Bruguera at a meeting on
Friday. However, the artist declared that she would not leave Cuba,
“Until I have an official document in my hands that legally assures me I
can reenter the country without problems,” which the Cuban authorities
have promised to have to her within the next two weeks.

“My argument was never that I would leave Cuba: my argument is that
there is work so that and expression exist in Cuba, so
that against thinking different politically different is
penalized,” Bruguera said in the statement.” In Cuba people should feel
happy to speak their minds without fear of losing their jobs or their
careers, without fear of being isolated or going to . ”

The artist also expressed her wish that “one day the police will be in a
proud demonstration of those who think differently from them. My
argument proposes an amnesty and eliminating the figure of the political
because no one would be punished for thinking for themselves.”

“My argument was always Cuba’s need for a civic literacy campaign where
everyone knows and learns to defend their rights as citizens,” concludes
Bruguera.

Since the Cuban government prevented her from staging her performance
six months ago, Bruguera has had several run-ins with State Security. On
June 8 the artist was detained along with 47 Ladies in White at the exit
of Santa Rita Church in the Havana’s municipality. A few weeks
earlier, during the activities of the Havana Biennial, Bruguera decided
to pay tribute to Hannah Arendt with more than 100 consecutive hours of
reading, analysis and discussion of the book The Origins of
Totalitarianism. The event was hijacked by successive acts of police
pressure, a noisy street repair project outside the home of the artist
and the subsequent arrest of her and several companions.

Source: Tania Bruguera Now Has Her Passport / 14ymedio | Translating
Cuba –
http://translatingcuba.com/tania-bruguera-now-has-her-passport-14ymedio/

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