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‘Acoustic Attacks’ Crisis Generates Bewilderment, New Difficulties for Cubans

LADB Article ID: 80457
Category/Department: Cuba
Date: 2017-11-09
By: Daniel Vázquez

Discontent and bewilderment has spread throughout Cuba, especially among citizens who had hoped to travel to the US, after the US reduced its consular service in Havana to a minimum and ordered 60% of its embassy personnel to return home, claiming that there had been “acoustic attacks” against its diplomats.Relations between Cuba and the US have been in decline since Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House. Even before his electoral triumph, Trump had threatened the government of President Raúl Castro and promised to revise the rapprochement policy initiated by US President Barack Obama (2009-2017), arguing that it had failed to achieve political change in Cuba. Cubans have been waiting for months to see exactly what sort of crisis Trump’s words would trigger. The alleged acoustic attacks came to light in September, when the US said that several of its representatives in Havana were suffering from the results of “sonic attacks” recorded between December 2016 and August. The accusations have been denied by Cuban authorities. Castro rejected the idea that his government had participated in that type of aggression and has offered the US many conveniences to facilitate its investigations in Cuban territory, according to press reports.

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