HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 15 (ACN) The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement calling for an end to the instigation to violence to the Cuban health workers that are in Bolivia.
Cuban News Agency now reproduces the full statement
In the last few hours, different authorities in the Plurinational State of Bolivia have presented the idea that Cuban collaborators encourage the protests that are taking place in Bolivia, to which is added a similar approach in social networks, through accounts of dubious origin and false profiles that incite violence against health personnel.
In this context, on November 13, four members of the Medical Brigade in El Alto were arrested by the police as they moved to their place of residence with money drawn from a bank to pay for basic services and rents for the 107 members of the Medical Brigade in that region.
The arrest took place under the slanderous assumption that the money was used to finance protests. Representatives of the police and the Public Ministry visited the headquarters of the Medical Brigade in El Alto and La Paz and corroborated, based on documents, payrolls and bank data, that the amount of money coincided with the amount regularly extracted each month.
The four collaborators arrested are:
- Amparo Lourdes García Buchaca, major in Electromedicine. In Cuba, she worked at the Provincial Electromedicine Center in the province of Cienfuegos before starting the mission in Bolivia in March of this year.
- Idalberto Delgado Baró, Economics graduate from the Special Municipality of Isla de la Juventud, who worked in the Municipal Electromedicine Center of Isla de la Juventud when he joined the mission in Bolivia last March.
- Ramón Emilio Álvarez Cepero, Specialist in Intensive Care and Endocrinology who worked in Cuba in the Gustavo Aldereguía General Hospital of the Province of Cienfuegos until he began his mission in Bolivia in July 2017.
- Alexander Torres Enríquez, specialist in General Integral Medicine who worked in Cuba in the Policlinico Carlos Verdugo of the province of Matanzas when he left to fulfill his mission on February 3, 2019.
The Cuban government has kept permanent contact with these Cuban aid workers, through the Cuban Embassy in La Paz and the Head of the Medical Brigade.
The four Cuban collaborators have a recognized trajectory commensurate with their occupational profile and, like the others on mission in Bolivia, have adhered strictly and rigorously to the humanitarian and cooperation work for which they traveled to that country under intergovernmental agreements.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects false accusations that these comrades encourage or finance protests based on unfounded deliberate lies.
In the circumstances described, it has been decided that the Cuban collaborators will return immediately to their homeland.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands the detained aid workers to be released immediately and that the Bolivian authorities guarantee the physical integrity of each of the Cuban collaborators in accordance with the responsibilities acquired by the Bolivian State with the security and protection of the collaborators in accordance with the intergovernmental agreements signed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Bolivian authorities to halt the exacerbation of irresponsible anti-Cuban expressions of hatred, defamation and incitement to violence against Cuban aid workers, who have given their solidarity contribution to the health of this brotherly Bolivian people. The millions of Bolivians who have received the altruistic attention of hundreds of Cuban doctors know perfectly well that lies cannot hide the meritorious contribution and noble purpose of our health professionals.