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Cuban medical brigades in Venezuela

MIAMI, Fl.- In Venezuela, the Cuban medical brigades were the tip to consolidate the dictatorship of an inept who was losing power.

It would be unfair to generalize with the Cuban medical tasks abroad, which are in 60 countries, where there are acts of true heroism in very poor nations. This is not the case in Venezuela.

It was the tip of the bolt of the dictatorship, because the doctors arrived first, and then the military advisers.

That was the end of the possibility of beating Maduro’s party at the polls and in the streets.

This is what happened in Venezuela:

Maduro faced elections that he had lost, and Cuban doctors worked to coerce the vote in needy areas and participated in fraud.

They used the shortage of medicines to blackmail people into voting for the PSUV.

Then the Cuban military arrived to take over the intelligence tasks, to spy on and control the commanders of the Venezuelan Army.

And to carry out the script of what had to be done so that Maduro would not fall: jail his prominent opponents, control of the media, jail or exile critical journalists.

Opening the door to the Cuban medical brigades was death for democracy in the richest country in Latin America.

In Venezuela, Cuban doctors were not asked for their titles or verified papers, nothing.

They were going for something else: to make Maduro win the presidential elections. And they were watched by Cuban security agents.

Sixteen doctors told it in detail to New York Times in March 2019, in a report by Nicholas Casey, who notes:

With little medicine left, the doctors focused their proselytizing efforts.

“The issue was with chronic diseases, in which the patient dies if he does not receive medication; this is how they controlled people,” says one of the doctors.

On those dates of shortage, says one of the doctors interviewed by Casey, the medical supplies –always scarce in the place where he was assigned– disappeared, since they were accumulating until the May election.

He says his superiors wanted to flood hospitals with supplies just before the vote to give the impression that Maduro had fixed the shortage.

“When the elections came, everything appeared: medicine, gas, gauze for bandages, serums to inject,” he said.

The issue of the oxygen tanks still weighs on Dr. Arias, says the report: “Yes, there were, but they didn’t allow me to use them.”

Many tactics were used, the doctors told the NYT: from simple reminders to vote for the government to denying treatment to opposition supporters with deadly illnesses.

Another doctor, a dental surgeon, says that he hated a part of his job. Every weekend he and other medical workers were tasked with handing out medicine and recruiting voters for the PSUV. The visits were so routine that they had a name: “House to House.”

They were ordered to issue a warning: if Maduro lost the election, the next government would break its relationship with Cuba and Venezuelans would be left without medical care.

So far the report of the Times.

Venezuela opened the window to the hurricane. Other brigades entered, stealthily: the intelligence agents.

A Reuters investigation, from August 22, 2019 (I took it from America Economy), reveals part of the Venezuela-Cuba military agreement.

Those deals gave Cuba vast access to Venezuela’s military and ample freedom to spy on and reform it.

The agreements led to the imposition of strict surveillance of Venezuelan troops through an intelligence service, now known as the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence, or DGCIM.

Under the advice of the Cuban military, Venezuela reformulated the intelligence unit into a service that spies on its own Armed Forces, instilling fear and paranoia, and crushing dissent.

So far the quotes from Reuters in America Economy. Enough, right?

Well, Venezuelans drank from that hemlock.

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