HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters): Cuban authorities accused blogger Yoani Sanchez on Wednesday of staging a "provocation against the Cuban Revolution" after she and others spoke publicly about censorship during an arts performance in Havana.

Sanchez, whose "Generacion Y" blog is critical of Cuba's government and widely read abroad, took the microphone during an event on Sunday in the Havana Biennial arts festival and read a manifesto saying the Internet was opening a "crack" in government control.

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, speaks during a interview with AFP in Havana. AFP PHOTO

"The time has come to jump over the wall of control," she said.

In response, the Biennial organizing committee posted a statement on the Internet saying it "considers this to be an anti-cultural event of shameful opportunism that offends Cuban artists and foreigners who came to offer their work and solidarity."

The statement described Sanchez, without using her name, as a "professional dissident" and one of a number of "individuals in the service of the anti-Cuban propagandistic machinery that repeated the worn-out claims for 'freedom' and 'democracy' demanded by their sponsors."

Cuban authorities consider dissidents to be mercenaries working for the United States, which has openly supported opposition to Cuba's communist-run government. Read More



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