Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Remembers 13 de Marzo Victims

Jul 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement twenty-four years after the Cuban dictatorship’s savage attack on the tugboat “13 de Marzo”.

“Today, we mark twenty-four years since the regime in Cuba viciously attacked and murdered dozens of men, women, and children attempting to escape their island prison.  As their loved ones still mourn their loss, we must continue to demand that the perpetrators of that massacre are held accountable for their crimes.

“Sadly, the Cuban people continue to suffer at the hands of the murderous regime in Cuba.  Arbitrary arrests, imprisonment, beatings, and other oppression persist on the island.  Over the years, thousands have attempted the perilous journey across the Florida straits, choosing to risk perishing at sea rather than languish another day in tyranny. 

“As we remember the victims and pray for their loved ones, we also must strengthen our solidarity with the Cuban people who struggle for freedom so that no other innocent lives are extinguished by Cuba’s ruthless dictatorship.”