Cuba condemns USAID’s ‘shameless’ ruse

Following is an official statement issued Tuesday (Aug. 5) by Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, head of the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s U.S. Section, translated by Progreso Weekly.


Once again there is confirmation of the repeated denunciations of the Cuban government of the subversive plans that the Government of the United States continues to carry out against Cuba.

In an article published on Aug. 4, a follow-up to a report last April about the covert “Zunzuneo” project, the U.S. news agency The Associated Press (AP) documents another of these plans financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the objective of negatively influencing Cuban youths.

This project, whose authorship and execution the Government of the United States has shamelessly acknowledged, attempted to make political actors out of young Cubans, previously identified by Latin American emissaries recruited for that purpose, and organize them to act against the Cuban government.

These deeds confirm that the Government of the United States has not desisted from its hostile and meddlesome plans against Cuba, that it attempts to create situations of destabilization to provoke changes in our political order, for which it earmarks millions of dollars every year.

The Government of the United States must cease once and for all its subversive, illegal and covert actions against Cuba, which violate our sovereignty and the express will of the Cuban people to improve our economic and social model and consolidate our democracy.

Havana, 5 August 2014.

[Photo above of Josefina Vidal Ferreiro.]