HAVANA – Cuba’s government accused the United States of creating non-governmental organizations whose true objective is to promote “subversion” and “to erode the order of civil society” on the Communist-ruled island.
Cuban state television on Monday broadcast a special new program within the series that was begun weeks ago to denounce Washington’s alleged subversive plans against Cuba, and on this occasion the program was devoted to the “dangerous aid” provided by the NGOs in question.
In particular, the show mentioned the case of groups like EchoCuba and the Pan American Development Foundation, and it accused them of hiding “their subversive essence (behind) alleged humanitarian aid.”
In the case of the PADF, an organization attached to the Organization of American States, the report claimed that it is one of the main “receiving entities” of funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development with the aim of promoting “subversive projects” that are designed to lead to “regime change” in Cuba.
Regarding USAID, the program added that it finances projects to bolster the internal counter-revolution on the island.
“Via the visits to the country of some of its representatives and behind the backs of Cuban authorities, these NGOs have the mission of carrying out evaluations of the Cuban political situation and instructing, organizing and supplying the counter-revolution,” the program said.
According to government figures, Cuba currently has 593 ongoing collaborative projects with 143 NGOs.
The program said that those groups – among which are Unicef, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and U.N. Development Program – provide their aid “under the principle of non-interference.”
Just as was the case on earlier broadcasts, the most recent program in the series also “unmasked” one of the agents the Cuban government apparently infiltrated into the NGOs to monitor their work and representatives.
Dr. Jose Manuel Collera – a.k.a. “agent Gerardo” – throughout the report discussed his links with NGOs connected with CIA agents, Cuban dissidents and “veteran USAID officials.” EFE