Diaz-Balart Commends Business Leaders for Standing with the Cuban People


June 25, 2012

Diaz-Balart Commends Business Leaders for Standing with the Cuban People

Washington, D.C. – Today, Mauricio Claver-Carone, the editor of the blog Capitol Hill Cubans, released a letter that advocated for the Cuban pro-democracy movement and committed to an economic restructure of a free Cuba. The letter was signed by more than a dozen former Fortune 500 senior executives and multinational business leaders. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) issued the following statement in response:

“I am pleased that many of our community’s most distinguished business leaders pledged their support of Cuba’s brave pro-democracy movement, and publicly vowed to repudiate all business ties with the Castro dictatorship.

These business leaders clearly see the regime’s sham economic “reforms” for what they are: a cynical attempt to garner international support and divert attention from its failures and increasingly brutal oppression. Rather than falling for the latest manipulations of the Castro dictatorship, these leaders call for the unconditional release of all political prisoners, the recognition of basic rights, and the complete dismantling of Castros’ machinery of oppression before they would consider pursuing business interests in the country of their birth.

I commend these pillars of our community for definitively choosing to stand with the Cuban people as they continue their courageous struggle for freedom, and for steadfastly refusing to do business with their oppressors.”