Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Condemns Brutal Attack Against Antonio Rodiles

Jul 6, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after Antonio Rodiles, a reowned pro-democracy leader and founder of “Estado de SATS” was brutally attacked by agents of the Castro regime.

"Yesterday, Antonio Rodiles, renowned pro-democracy leader and founder of the independent program ‘Estado de SATS’ in Cuba, was violently attacked and his nose shattered by Castros' thugs.  Also yesterday, for the 12th consecutive Sunday, more than 80 activists were beaten on their way to mass, including dozens of members of the Ladies in White.

“Since President Obama's December 17, 2014 announcement, the Castro regime's brutality against innocent pro-democracy leaders has escalated.  Predictably, following the President's announcement a few days ago that he will press ahead with opening embassies without any conditions, the human rights abuses in Cuba continue unabated.  The Castro regime has been emboldened by President Obama's shameful disinterest in human rights and liberties in Cuba.

“The beatings, oppression, and arbitrary arrests must end.  The Cuban people must be free to speak their minds, assemble freely, practice their faiths, and choose their leaders.  Those are hardly onerous burdens for a government in the twenty-first century.  While the President might be unphased by the brutality, oppression, and lack of fundamental freedoms 90 miles from our shores, the American people and Congress will not join him in tossing a lifeline to the Cuban people's oppressors.  Instead, we continue to stand firmly with courageous activists such as Antonio Rodiles and the Ladies in White who sacrifice, bleed, and suffer countless indignities simply to achieve freedom and a hopeful future for the Cuban people.”