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Brazil: Cuban doctor seeks asylum

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Cuban doctor Ramona Matos Rodríguez went to the U.S. Embassy in Brasília on Monday, where she applied for entry to the U.S. On Wednesday she held a press conference, “in an attempt to prevent Brazilian police from arresting her and returning her to Cuba.”

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Meanwhile, she said she is concerned about her family’s well-being in Cuba. Her sister had moved into Dr. Matos’s state-controlled housing there after Dr. Matos departed for Brazil in October. She said Cuban security services expelled her sister this week after she defected.

Dr. Matos, who has worked as a general practitioner for some 27 years, said she was initially thrilled about the idea of working in Brazil. The pay on offer included a $400-a-month salary, plus an additional $600 deposited into a frozen bank account in Cuba. That is significantly more than the around $35 a month she made in Cuba.

What she hadn’t bargained for, she said, was how much things cost in Brazil, where a decade long economic boom has made many things here cost around what they do in the U.S. Dr. Matos said she poorer than she was in Havana, and started to investigate what other doctors were making.

Other doctors make a lot more:

Cuban slave doctors are paid only 300 Euros a month ($ US 450) – Ten times LESS than other foreign doctors working in Brazil. About the same amount is deposited in Castrogonia for safe keeping while the doctors are in Brazil. The rest of the money being paid by Brazil for each doctor — about $4,000 — is skimmed by the Castro regime.

Additionally,

Cuban slave doctors are under constant surveillance, have their phones tapped, and are prevented from leaving their posts by the Brazilian federal police.

Cuban slave doctors cannot travel within Brazil without the permission of their Castrogonian supervisors.

Matos Rodríguez also appealed to Brazil’s National Congress for asylum with the support of Ronaldo Caiado of the Demócratas (DEM) party.

Last year Brazil imported 4,000 Cubans under the Más Médicos program.