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Sanchez was not seriously injured, but the incident seems to mark an escalation in the Castro government's approach to dealing with her.
Her Generation Y blog has attracted a huge following worldwide with its grim depiction of life on the communist-run island, where it remains blocked by the government. Sanchez has been accused of being a counter-revolutionary and provocateur working on behalf of the Castro government's enemies abroad, but until now the confrontation hasn't been physical.
U.S.-Cuba relations have been gradually thawing over the past several months under President Obama. But they could quickly ice over again if this type of thing continues, or if Sanchez is arrested and placed on trial.