Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Stands in Solidarity with Cuban People on Cuban Independence Day

May 20, 2018
Press Release

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement on the 116th anniversary of Cuban Independence Day.

“Today, we commemorate the 116th anniversary of Cuban Independence Day.

“Sadly, the Cuban people remain oppressed by a brutal dictatorship that has enslaved them for nearly six decades.  While some have hailed the ‘transition’ from one dictator to another, we must heed the warning of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti that, ‘To change masters is not to be free.’  To signify a true transition, all political prisoners must be released; the Cuban people must enjoy the rights of free expression and association, fair, multiparty elections; and independent media, labor unions, and political parties must be legalized.  Until those simple conditions are met, tyranny continues.

“A few days ago, the courageous Ladies in White aptly received the Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty.  Due to the bravery and resilience of activists like them, the Cuban people will win their freedom once again.  I am proud to stand in solidarity with them in that noble struggle.                                                                                              

“So as we celebrate Cuba’s 116 years of independence from Spain, we look forward to the day when the longsuffering Cuban people finally rid themselves of an oppressive dictatorship that has tormented, murdered, and imprisoned for far too long. On that day, we will join the Cuban people in celebrating their true, hard-won independence.”