Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after reports that the cynical Castro regime had transferred sick political prisoners to jails closer to their homes.
"The regime's agents of repression imprison innocent people simply for crying out for freedom and democracy. While in jail, these prisoners of conscience are humiliated and tortured. Some, like Orlando Zapata Tamayo, die at the hands of their jailers. There is nothing to thank the regime for.
These freedom seekers were unjustly imprisoned. But now the regime wants some sort of praise or humanitarian credit for moving these innocent prisoners closer to their homes or to hospitals? This is a farce and no one should be taken in by it.
The Castro brothers want to be both the arsonists and the fire fighters; the torturers and the humanitarians. Only in Kafkaesque Cuba would these irrational acts make sense."