Cuba demands US cease anti-government activity

Havana: Cuba Friday demanded that Washington stop its covert plans to subvert the island’s communist government, a day after a US news agency exposed such a scheme.

“The US government must respect International Law and… cease its illegal and covert actions against Cuba,” Xinhua quoted the Cuban foreign ministry as saying in a statement.

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The statement was issued after an Associated Press report Thursday revealed that Washington launched a covert plan in 2009, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to establish an online service in Cuba, similar to Twitter, that they could eventually use to sow political discontent among Cubans.

“The information contained in the article… confirms the Cuban government’s repeated claims” of covert anti-Cuban activity, and “once again shows the US government has not renounced its subversive plans against Cuba”, the ministry said.

Such schemes aim to “destabilise the country and provoke change in the political order,” it said, adding the US “continues to earmark multimillion-dollar budgets each year” to what US legislators call “regime change”.

Washington has admitted that USAID funded and installed the online service, called “Zunzuneo” (Spanish for “twitter”), but denied its covert objective.

The programme, Washington insists, aims to deliver unrestricted news and information to Cubans.

The US has maintained an economic blockade against Cuba since 1962.