Ros-Lehtinen Offers Solidarity, Expresses Concern For Wellbeing of Cuban Hunger Strikers

For the record, I know from personal experience that Ileana cares.  I once contacted her office over concerns for the health of an activist in Cuba; I received an immediate response, and she followed through with her promise to help.

From the good Congresswoman:

PRESS RELEASE

For more information: September 13, 2012

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With Reports That Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello & Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez”

Weakened By Hunger Strike, Ros-Lehtinen Offers Solidarity, Expresses Concern For Their Wellbeing

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement after reports indicated that leading Cuban pro democracy activists Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello and Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez” health was deteriorating due to their ongoing hunger strike. Both of these brave and principled freedom fighters, as well as others across the island, are on hunger strikes to protest the brutality, repression and lack of human rights under the Castro dictatorship.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, “I am very concerned over reports that both Marta Beatriz and ‘Antunez’ have suffered a sharp decline in their health because of their hunger strikes. These brave and courageous freedom fighters are willing to risk it all in order to draw attention to their desperate plight against the brutal and entrenched Castro tyranny. Yet, the world ignores their struggle and kowtows to the octogenarian despots that have misruled Cuba for more than half a century.

While I fully support the pro democracy activists in all that they do against the Castro brothers, I am worried that their health will continue to deteriorate and the cause for freedom in Cuba can ill afford anymore losses. I urge the Obama Administration and all responsible nations to stand in solidarity with these brave men and women, repeal all concessions to the regime, and condemn the ongoing brutality of the Castro family dictatorship.”

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Cuban Hunger Strikers Need Our Solidarity and Our Support

For immediate release:

Diaz-Balart: Cuban Hunger Strikers Need Our Solidarity and Our Support

Washington, D.C.
Sept. 13, 2012

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart spoke on the House Floor regarding the hunger strike underway in Cuba by brave human rights and pro-democracy activists to protest the regime’s brutal oppression and the unjust imprisonment of political prisoners. The growing list of those who have joined the hunger strike, which now has a reported twenty-eight participants, includes well-known pro-democracy leaders Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez” and Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello as well as:

Jorge Vázquez Chaviano;

Arturo Conde Zamora;

Yerandi Martínez Rodríguez;

Orlando Almenares Reyes;

Luis Enrique Ponce Sánchez;

Roberley Villalobos Torres;

Israel Robert Isaac;

Yuniel Álvarez García;

Luis Enrique Santos Caballero;

Yosmel Martínez Corcho;

Alberto Reyes Morales;

Omar Pedroso Suárez;

Yadira Rodríguez Bombino;

Ibis María Rodríguez González;

Fermín Zamora Vázquez;

Yasmani Nicle Abad;

Rosa María Naranjo Nieves;

Ramón Esteban Enamorado;

Ángel Caballero Oduardo;

Leonardo Cancio Santana;

Pedro Fernández Vega Cortés;

Arcelio López Rojas;

Misahel Valdes Diaz;

Jorge Luis Recio Arias