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LATEST_UPDATE_ON Sun, 19 Nov 2017 - 17:34
French Intellectual Recalls U.S. Experience with Acoustic Attacks

The French intellectual Maurice Lemoine today recalled the United States' broad experience in terms of acoustic attacks, but not as a victim, but just the opposite.

In an article on the current state of relations between Cuba and the United States, published on Tuesday on the website Memoire des Luttes, the French journalist resorted to historic facts to substantiate his statement.

For example, he said, during the invasion of Panama in 1990, when then President Manuel Noriega was in hiding in the Nunciature, the U.S. troops surrounded the place and, for three days and nights they uninterruptedly played heavy metal music on speakers.

That tactic, which is considered a method of psychological torture, caused Noriega to surrender.

Lemoine recalled that in 2003, that method was widely used in the U.S. prison camp in the Guantanamo Naval Base to torture the prisoners, who were forced to listen to hard rock at an unbearable high volume.

After the coup d'état in Honduras in 2009, he added, then President Manuel Zelaya had to take refuge in the Brazilian Embassy, where he was a victim of high-frequency sound emissions every night to unbalance him psychologically.

The technique was also used repeatedly to disperse demonstrators in the United States, like during the protests against the G20 Summit in Pittsburg in 2009, and in 2014, during the riots in Ferguson due to racial conflicts.

The French journalist revealed those events when commenting on the current context of relations between Washington and Havana, marked by the escalation of hostilities between the two countries, promoted by the Donald Trump administration.

Under such circumstances, he added, the episode on alleged sonic attacks that have affected U.S. diplomats in Havana emerged, but so far, no verified evidence has been produced.

Anyway, the issue has been used as a pretext to reduce the U.S. Embassy's staff in Havana drastically, and to expel several members of the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington, the journalist recalled.

'The United States has experience in that kind of problem. It should be more efficient to seek the truth,' Lemoine said ironically.

On the other hand, he noted the overwhelming support from the international community at the United Nations to demand an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

It is enough!, said 191 of 193 UN member countries on November 1, the journalist noted, in reference to the voting held last week at the UN General Assembly.

The French journalist referred to the impact of that siege on Cuba and to its extraterritorial enforcement, and mentioned a long list of fines imposed on banks and companies from several European countries for having relations with Cuba. / PL

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