Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cuba accuses US officials of fabricating protest in Havana

April 24, 2008

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is accusing American officials of fabricating a small protest in Havana this week and of financing other actions against the communist government.

U.S. officials say they "deplored" Cuba's handling of a protest by the wives of 10 political prisoners. Policewomen carried the women to a bus and took them home.

But the Cuban Foreign Ministry blames the U.S. for encouraging "a small number of counterrevolutionary elements." It notes that U.S. President George W. Bush has praised the protesting group, known as the Women in White.

Cuba's statement Thursday in state news media also alleges that U.S. officials have increased aid to Cuban dissidents, such as giving them radios, literature, T-shirts and access to computers.

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