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Editorial: Cuban Medicine Serves as Cover for Clandestine Operations in Latin America

The four Cubans held in Bolivia explain what the Cuban regime uses medical personnel for.

Four Cubans detained in La Paz. TWITTER / DDC
Four Cubans detained in La Paz. TWITTER / DDC

On Wednesday Cuba's business representative in Brazil denied his government's participation in the occupation of the Venezuelan embassy in Brasilia. A few hours later, four Cuban citizens were arrested in La Paz by Bolivia's "Special Force to Combat Crime" (FELCC).

According to the police reports, the four Cubans detained were giving money to followers of Evo Morales to incite street protests in La Paz. But the detainees claim that the funds they carried were, in fact, to pay Cuban doctors on missions in Bolivia. And, at least one of them presented identification accrediting him as technical personnel of Cuba's medical brigade and connecting him to the Cuban embassy in La Paz.

Cuba's official denial, from Brazil, and the official arrests reflect Havana's interference in the internal politics of other countries in the Americas. The fact that the personnel detained in La Paz belong to one of Cuba's medical brigades reveals the purposes to which the Cuban regime puts its medical personnel.

A year ago the DIARIO DE CUBA published a report on the Más Médicos Program, in a series recently honored at the Latin American Conference of Investigative Journalism (COLPIN), revealing the pay and living conditions of Cuban doctors on missions abroad.

It is no accident that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's daughter is receiving medical treatment in Havana, nor were Hugo Chávez's hospitalizations there. The Cuban regime uses medicine as a political instrument and as a cover for its undercover operations. Its purported desire to take health to other people is nothing more than a pretext to meddle throughout the Americas in an effort to spawn societies like Cuba's, which exploits its doctors like virtual slave labor found in the worst kind of capitalist contexts.

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