Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Remembers “13 de Marzo” Victims

Jul 13, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement honoring the victims of the “13 de Marzo” attack on its 21st anniversary.

“On the 21st anniversary of the 13 de Marzo massacre, we remember the lives lost that day. Just a few miles off the island, Cuban regime agents deliberately capsized a tugboat carrying dozens of people who were fleeing the oppressive dictatorship. Using pressurized water cannons, regime agents sprayed the boat, knocking off those on deck, including women and small children as young as five months old. Those precious lives will never be forgotten.

“Just yesterday, for the thirteenth Sunday in a row, over 120 Cuban activists were beaten and arrested for attempting to attend Mass. The ailing Castro regime's days are numbered, and Cuba's criminals will be held accountable for their crimes. Until then, we will stand with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom. My thoughts and prayers are with those who were lost 21 years ago today and their families.”