Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela gets into Twitter row with prominent dissident Yoani Sanchez

Cuban leaders have long despised the country’s dissidents, but have almost never mentioned them by name or engaged with them in any way.

Mariela Castro/Yoani Sanchez (Franklin Reyes/Javier Galeano - AP/AP)
But within hours of signing up for Twitter, the daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, Mariela, found herself in a heated debate with Cuba’s prominent dissident blogger, Yoani Sánchez. Sánchez regularly criticizes the Cuban government for the lack of freedoms in the country on her blog, Generation Y.

At one point in the debate, Castro even called Sánchez and her supporters “despicable parasites.” Follow the exchange between the two women below:

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