Cuba says US organizing demonstrations
Cuba on Wednesday accused U.S. diplomats of instigating opponents of the communist-run government to hold public protests to mark American Independence Day.
"There has been an escalation of provocative actions organized and financed by the U.S. Interests Section in Havana," the Foreign Ministry said in a communique published in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.
It said the mission "is trying to organize other illegal activities and is instigating the mercenaries in Cuba to realize provocative public actions around July 4, U.S. Independence Day." It did not describe what sort of demonstrations might be planned.
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Wednesday that "Cuba is one of the few places on earth where simply having a meeting is seen as a threat to the government."