U.S. defends program to fund anti-government hip-hop music in Cuba

December 12, 2014 12:39 AM

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MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. government financed a four-year effort to promote Cuba's rap music scene as part of an effort to promote democracy on the communist-run island, federal officials confirmed on Thursday.

"It seemed like a good idea to support civil society," said Matt Herrick, spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which financed the secretive program.

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