Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Comments on Letter to Congress from Cuban Pro-Democracy Activists

Sep 25, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after a group of Cuban pro-democracy activists wrote a letter to the U.S. Congress.

“Cuban pro-democracy activists recently wrote a letter asking the U.S. Congress to maintain sanctions against the brutal Castro regime until human rights and democratic principles are realized in Cuba.  These renowned activists explain that, since President Obama’s December 2014 announcement and the Summit of the Americas in April 2015, repression in Cuba has escalated.  In fact, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation documented 768 political arrests in the month of August alone.  The courageous activists who signed this letter have risked vicious reprisals simply by daring to support sanctions against the Castro regime until the most basic conditions are met.  We must continue to stand with the Cuban people and the brave activists who have assumed enormous risk to send this message to Congress. 

“The Castro regime’s days are numbered.  I am grateful to my colleagues in Congress for their continued support of the Cuban people and for refusing to fund and sustain the ailing dictatorship that brutally oppresses them.”