Argentine historian denied entry to Cuba
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The Daily Journal


21 February 2006

BUENOS AIRES (EFE) – Argentine historian José Ignacio García Hamilton said Tuesday that the Cuban government had denied him entry into the country, obliging him to leave for Panama shortly after arriving in Havana.

“I have no explanation for this ban. The Cuban consulate in Argentina provided me with a visa to visit the island,” the historian told Argentine radio and television networks from Panama.

García Hamilton, author of several books including “El Autoritarismo Hispanoamericano” (Latin American Authoritarianism), said he went to Cuba “as a tourist” although he “also had scheduled meetings with intellectuals and activities related” to the distribution of his new work, “Simón, Vida de Bolívar” (Simón, the Life of Bolívar).

His book on Latin American au- thoritarianism, with an introduction by anti-Castro Cuban Carlos Alberto Montaner, “does not have many specific references to the (Fidel) Castro regime,” he said.

The historian said that he had traveled to Cuba twice before “without any problems,” even though on those trips he had spoken with leaders of the opposition to the government of President Fidel Castro.

García Hamilton told Radio Mitre that when he arrived in Havana with his wife on Saturday, “an alarm went off” when he presented his passport to immigration officials, after which he was obliged to board a flight to Panama “with no further explanations.”