On Cuba’s Independence Day…
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:
As We Celebrate Cuba’s Independence Day, We Are Reminded of the Cuban People’s Suffering Under the Castro Regime, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“I continue to stand in solidarity with those brave pro-democracy activists and know that one day they will soon enjoy true freedom and liberty”
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding the anniversary of Cuba’s Independence Day observed on the 20th of May. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“This July we in the United States will celebrate the founding of this great democracy, where we are privileged to enjoy a vast array of freedoms and liberties. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the Cuban people, who continue to suffer under the oppressive yolk of the brutal dictators, Raul and Fidel Castro, even as they celebrate the anniversary of their nation’s independence.
“These octogenarian tyrants have for over 50 years misruled and oppressed the Cuban people. Confronted with the reality of a decrepit economy that is the result of failed communist policies, the regime has only turned more violent against its own people. With a marked increase in gross human rights violations due to more detentions in the last year, as well as the continuing harassment and violent intimidation of brave dissidents like the Ladies in White, it is clear that the regime has no intention of letting up its control over the island.
“It’s disappointing that the Obama Administration as well as several Latin American nations continue to make overtures toward this brutal regime which remains intent on trampling upon the dignity of the Cuban people. It’s incumbent upon free and responsible nations to make sure the world knows the full extent and severity of the crimes of the Castro brothers. On the eve of the 20th of May, I am saddened that the Cuban people remain under the oppressive hand of these dictators, but I continue to stand in solidarity with those brave pro-democracy activists and know that one day they will soon enjoy true freedom and liberty.”
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart:
Diaz-Balart Commemorates Cuba’s Independence Day
WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement in honor of Cuba’s Independence Day.
“Today marks the 111th anniversary of Cuba's Independence Day, a day when the Cuban people finally and fully achieved independence from Spain. Sadly, less than 60 years after winning their independence, the Cuban people were enslaved by the brutal Castro dictatorship. As we appreciate our common Cuban culture and heritage on this day, Cubans stand united in demanding essential liberties and human rights for those who continue to languish under the Castro dictatorship's oppression. We stand in solidarity with brave heroes such as Antonio Rodiles, Berta Soler, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez (“Antunez”), Dr. Oscar Biscet, and Sara Marta Fonseca, among others, who lead the struggle for freedom. The time is quickly approaching when the island will forever be rid of the Castro brothers and their atrocities. I look forward to the day when the Cuban people finally and fully achieve their independence.”
Rep. Joe Garcia:
Conmemorando el 20 de mayo
Washington, D.C. – El Congresista Joe Garcia emitió la siguiente declaración conmemorando el 20 de mayo:
“El 20 de mayo conmemora el aniversario de la independencia de Cuba de España y simboliza la esperanza de los cubanos alrededor del mundo que buscan la libertad en Cuba. Esperamos el día en que los sueños de los niños de Cuba puedan tomar vuelo en un país en el que sus derechos humanos sean respetados y donde tengan la oportunidad de que esos sueños se hagan realidad. Hoy estamos unidos por nuestra creencia compartida que los cubanos pronto serán los autores de su propio futuro.”