Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Remembers “13 de Marzo” Victims

Jul 13, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement honoring the victims of the “13 de Marzo” attack on its 22nd anniversary.

“Today, we mark twenty-two years since the horrific massacre that occurred when Castro regime thugs viciously and deliberately attacked a tugboat with men, women, and children on board who simply were attempting to escape tyranny. As a result of their brutality, many innocent passengers, as young as five months old, perished at sea.

“Regrettably, record numbers of Cubans are risking everything and undertaking the same treacherous journey across the Florida straits to escape their island prison. When the Cuban people finally rid themselves of the murderous Castro dictatorship, the criminals who carried out that heinous atrocity against dozens of innocents will be held accountable for their crimes. On this solemn anniversary, I hold the victims and their families in my prayers, and I will continue my efforts to help the Cuban people in their fight for freedom.”