Marco Rubio’s Comments on Cuba’s Independence day


On this 108th anniversary of Cuban Independence, we honor the patriots who took Cuba’s initial steps toward freedom. The spirit and values that drove Cuba’s Independence movement still live on among Cuba’s pro-democracy leaders who courageously risk their lives each day in defense of Cuba’s founding principles.

Those principles of freedom and self-determination are universal values that should be encouraged in places like Cuba where they are forbidden – and where the Cuban people’s dignity and inherent right to be free is constantly trampled.

As a son of Cuban exiles, this important anniversary in Cuba’s history is an especially poignant reminder of the work that must be done to support Cubans on the island who simply long to be independent from oppression and free to live their lives as they wish.

The exile community’s long-standing solidarity with Cuba’s courageous patriots is a demonstration to the absolute truth that there is no work taking place around the world more important than supporting people who yearn to be what God intended them to be – free.

Each and every day, and especially on this anniversary of Cuba’s independence, I stand in solidarity with the Cuban people.