Ros-Lehtinen urges community to send pictures of Castro crimes to USINT



July 20th, 2011

Ros-Lehtinen Urges Community To Send Pictures To The U.S. Interests Section In Havana Of Crimes Castro Regime Has Committed; Says These Pictures Will Showcase Truth Of The Cuban Dictatorship & Counter Deceptive Images Of Online Photo Contest USINT Is Hosting

Washington, DC —- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is urging her South Florida community and all those who are interested in seeing liberty and democracy reach Cuba, to send pictures of the heinous crimes the Castro regime has committed to the Facebook page of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana (USINT). Ileana believes this will counter the disturbing and deceptive online photo contest that USINT is sponsoring of summer scenes in totalitarian Cuba. Ros-Lehtinen sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding this online contest which essentially promotes tourism to Cuba and therefore undermines and potentially violates U.S. law. The USINT Facebook page can be accessed here:

Ros-Lehtinen’s statement:

“I was appalled to learn of this photo contest sponsored by our very own Interests Section in Havana because if anyone knows the reality of life in Castro’s Cuba, it is our diplomats serving there. To counter this deceptive nonsense, I have asked Secretary of State Clinton to look into this and I am now inviting all freedom loving people to submit pictures of the many crimes committed by the Castro regime to the USINT Facebook page.

This 50 plus year dictatorship is responsible for many atrocities, which are too many to list ,but the most notorious being: (1) the victims of the massacre of the Tugboat ‘13 de marzo’; (2) the downing of the Brothers to the Rescue planes over international waters in which US citizens and a U.S. resident were killed; (3) the state sponsored murder of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo; (4) the cruel imprisonment and treatment of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet; (5) the nonstop harassment of the peaceful and brave Ladies in White; and (6) the cowardly and violent treatment of Zapata Tamayo’s mother, Reina Loina, for simply wanting to mourn her dead son.

These are the pictures that illustrate what life in communist Cuba is really like and not the fuzzy and warm pictures USINT is highlighting of children frolicking in pools or young men playing with dolphins. To depict anything else than the sad and unfortunate state of Cuba today is to do a great disservice to the cause of bringing freedom, democracy and the rule of law to this long suffering nation.”