Cuba says it has foiled a plan to smuggle weapons into the island from the United States

Cuba says it has foiled a plan to smuggle weapons into the island from the United States

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Cuba has foiled a plot to smuggle weapons into the island from the United States. is part of a larger plot to destabilize the communist governmentan Interior Ministry official said on Monday.

The government said it first revealed details of the plot late last year, after a Cuban living in the United States arrived on the island on a jet ski. He was armed with guns, ammunition and military equipment and sought to recruit others to his cause.

Authorities provided Reuters with a video of Garcia’s confession, and he is now being held in Cuba. Local authorities said he also faces charges of human trafficking into the United States.

After months of investigation, the government made more than 30 arrests, including 32 Cuban residents and a U.S.-based group called La Nueva Nación Cubana (The New Cuban Nation). The Díaz-Canel administration said the group continues to plan violent attacks against the country from the United States.

Havana said it had notified the United States of the group’s existence, but that Washington had not taken any concrete action on the matter. “These individuals continue to act with impunity in the North American territory, organizing, financing and supporting activities of a violent nature with the aim of subverting the internal order of our country,” said Víctor Alvarez, an official of the Ministry of the Interior.

The U.S. State Department told Reuters it was aware of the allegations but that “U.S. law enforcement pursues individuals based on U.S. law and does not follow instructions from foreign governments.”

Cuba has for decades pursued people accused of plotting to overthrow the government, which has not left power since Fidel Castro came to power in the 1960s. The latest sweeping local measure was introduced this month in a new bill that could pave the way for the government to strip opposition members of their citizenship if passedreported El País.

Concretely, the document stipulates that the Cuban people “cannot be deprived of their citizenship except for legally established reasons.” These include “joining any type of armed organization whose objective is to harm the territorial integrity of the State, its citizens and other people living in the country” or “carrying out actions contrary to the political, economic or social interests of the Cuban Republic.”

This means that President Miguel Díaz-Canel and the Interior Ministry could strip people of their citizenship, because the bill considers them “authorities in matters of citizenship and capable of resolving administrative cases concerning the obtaining, loss, deprivation and abandonment of Cuban citizenship.”

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