Washington attacks Cuban medical missions abroad which it considers “for-profit businesses”
MADRID, 10 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The United States Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak, condemned this Tuesday “the harassment and surveillance” suffered by “activists” in Cuba, while highlighting how Washington’s sanctions have managed to stop the aid that the “Castro regime” uses to “finance its repression in Cuba and its malicious interference in Venezuela.”
Kozak, who has referred during a videoconference to the recent protests by groups of activists and artists in Cuba, has indicated that these actions “represent a decisive moment for Human Rights in Cuba.”
These protests that Kozak has referred to took place during Thanksgiving weekend, the official has detailed, when a group of people gathered in front of the Ministry of Culture to protest peacefully.
Although according to Kozak Cuban officials met with representatives of the protests and accepted their demands to allow more freedom of expression, “in a matter of hours the regime returned to its usual dusty playbook, reneging on the commitments it had made, launching a smear and disinformation campaign, and intensifying harassment and surveillance of activists. “
The official has made reference to the San Isidro Movement, which “has become the target of continuous harassment and arbitrary detentions by the regime”, and to Decree Number 340, which he has considered as a measure of “repression of the freedom of expression “because it obliges artists to request permission from the Government to act and grants it the power to suspend any performance.
The official has also reviewed the policy adopted by the Administration of President Donald Trump with respect to Cuba, highlighting the blocking of financial transactions with Cuban people, and especially, in “denying the Castro regime the resources it uses to finance its repression in Cuba and its malicious interference in Venezuela. “
To achieve this objective, he has detailed, they have sanctioned the Cuban military, security and intelligence institutions to “strengthen civil society and the private sector of Cuba, but not the repressive Cuban regime.”
He has also referred to measures in the field of tourism, such as travel restrictions to hotels and tourist facilities controlled by the Government, and against the “cut” that the military receives from remittances.
In this sense, “a quasi-monopoly of the foreign exchange generated by remittances” has been established and, furthermore, “the military seizes foreign currency for their own purposes, using them to finance their interference in Venezuela and prop up their own failed businesses,” he denounced. Kozak.
On the other hand, he has assured that the United States has managed to “create international awareness of the abuses in Cuban medical missions abroad”, a “for-profit business” that he has considered is “the main source of income for the Castro regime. “.
Kozak has also denounced, with regard to medical missions, that the Government “deprives its own medical personnel of up to 90 percent of their salaries” and has urged the countries that host Cuban workers to “directly deposit their salaries in their personal bank accounts instead of filling the coffers of the regime. “
He has also referred to the fact that “several democracies such as the Parliament of the European Union, the Czech and Dutch Government and international organizations” have condemned the “repression” against activists.
On the other hand, when asked about the presence of former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero last Sunday during the Venezuelan parliamentary elections, along with other former leaders such as Evo Morales, he has assured that they are not surprised “that he continues in that line” since “he has a history with Maduro and Venezuela “.
“SUPPORTING THE DICTATORSHIP OF MADURO”
The undersecretary has added, on the other hand, that “hundreds of Cuban military and intelligence advisers continue to actively support and prop up Maduro’s dictatorship,” providing him with the tools to “repress any domestic dissent, including dissent within the Venezuelan Army.”
In return, “Maduro steals the oil and diesel from his own country and sends them to Cuba, while the Venezuelans endure long lines of fuel and hunger,” he commented, so measures must be taken at the international level “to put end to this intervention in Venezuela “.
“Until Cuba stops treating Venezuela as a colony, the affairs of Cuba and Venezuela cannot be treated separately,” he concluded.