USAID targets Cuban tourism


The U.S. Agency for International Development has given a Florida nonprofit $97,321 for a program called, “Truth about Exploitation in Cuban Tourism.”
USAID awarded the grant to the Directorio Democrático Cubano, or Cuban Democratic Directorate, on Nov. 5.
The directorio was founded in Miami in 1990. It touts itself as an organization that promotes democracy in Cuba “through various non-violent ways. Directorio’s aims are to support freedom, democracy and human rights in Cuba by way of nonviolent civic struggle.”
Orlando Gutierrez leads the organization. On Dec. 4, he expressed support an armed invasion of Cuba to overthrow the socialist government if Cuban soldiers use deadly force against Cubans who oppose the government. He said:
“If there is deadly repression, using military force to repress the people of Cuba, it is legitimate and we ask for an international intervention led by the United States to overthrow that regime and put an end to it.”
USAID and the State Department have given the organization at least $6,970,939 from 2006 to 2019, records show. See interactive graphic showing the grants by year and purpose.

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