MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez will speak in April at the Miami-Dade College Freedom Tower, according to a release from the school.

Sanchez has been a harsh and vocal critic of the Castro regime in Cuba only recently was allowed to leave the island.

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Sanchez said she was refused an exit permit for years because of her high-profile and harsh criticism of the government.

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In January, Cuba ended its unpopular policy of requiring citizens to obtain a letter of invitation and an exit permit before they were able to leave the country.

Sanchez, so far, is the most well-known figure in the dissident community to test the easing of restrictions. She said her ability to travel won’t temper her criticism of brothers Fidel and Raul Castro.

Sanchez spoke by phone at the 2011 Miami-Dade Book Fair and earlier in February worked on a collaboration between MDC and TV Marti.

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The April 1 event marks the first time she will appear live and in person.