Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Remembers “13 de marzo” Victims

Jul 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement honoring the victims of the “13 de marzo” tugboat massacre on its 23rd anniversary.

“Today, we mark one of Cuba’s darkest days when, twenty-three years ago, the Castro regime ruthlessly capsized the ‘13 de marzo’ tugboat and thereby murdered dozens at sea, including young children, who were simply seeking freedom from a tyrannical dictatorship.  As we remember that heinous atrocity, I send my prayers to the loved ones of the victims who continue to mourn their loss. 

“Shamefully, many innocents have died at the hands of the Castro regime. The callous perpetrators of the ‘13 de marzo’ massacre, and the Castro regime’s other brutal thugs, will be held accountable for their crimes.  Until then, I will continue to press for basic human rights, respect for human life and dignity, and fundamental liberties for the Cuban people.”