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Cuban Agents Advise Nicaraguan Military
« on: August 10, 2019, 07:40:57 PM »
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Cuban Agents Advise Nicaraguan Military
Posing as tourists, Cuban agents travel to Nicaragua to prevent the downfall of the Ortega-Murillo regime.
Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo | 10 August 2019


Nicaraguan riot police agents arrest a protester who demands the release of citizens incarcerated for participating in anti-government protests in Managua, March 16, 2019. (Photo: Maynor Valenzuela, AFP)

According to the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, more than 5,000 Cubans arrived in Nicaragua during the first five months of 2019, an increase of almost 900 percent compared to the 566 who arrived in the country in 2018. Far from being attracted to the country's touristic landmarks, most Cubans are there for covert activities to help President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, remain in power.

On May 30, Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa reported that 200 advisers from the Cuban Intelligence Directorate operate regularly with the Nicaraguan Armed Forces and provide training to police and Customs and Prison System Directorate officials. Some advisers arrived in the country in 2007, but that number increased exponentially after the April 2018 uprising, which left hundreds of protesters dead, missing, and imprisoned, and led thousands of Nicaraguans to go into exile.

“Cuban strategists are capable of neutralizing internal dissidents in the most brutal way and maintaining the dual Ortega-Murillo dictatorship,” said Jorge Serrano, an academic at the Peruvian Center for Higher National Studies. “Cuba deploys political and military intelligence and counterintelligence advisers in military bases and in key situations for political and economic power in Nicaragua,” Serrano told Diálogo.

Read more at: https://dialogo-americas.com/en/articles/cuban-agents-advise-nicaraguan-military-1

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