Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Remembers "13 de Marzo" Victims

Jul 13, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement honoring the victims of the “13 de Marzo” attack on its 20th anniversary.

"Today marks twenty years since Castro’s thugs mercilessly attacked Cubans aboard the ‘13 de Marzo’ vessel as they were attempting to escape their island prison.  In the dead of night in the dark sea, regime-owned vessels repeatedly rammed the defenseless tugboat until it broke apart and sank.  With the survivors in the water, the perpetrators attempted to drown them with their boats and powerful water cannons.  This evil act resulted in the massacre of innocent Cubans, including children, and revealed the utter depravity of the Castro dictatorship once again.

“On this day, we honor the lives of the victims and mourn their lost days on earth.  My prayers are with their families on this solemn day."