Congressman Albio Sires issued the following statement regarding the recent arrests and detentions of pro-democracy activists in Cuba:
"Earlier this week, peaceful pro-democracy activists were brutally beaten by officials of the Castro regime, including Yris Tamara Perez Aguilar, the wife of former political prisoner Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez." These peaceful demonstrations were met with extreme and unjustifiable force. Reports from the island indicate that those arrested remain detained with serious injuries. Antúnez does not know where his wife has been taken or how badly she was hurt during the arrest. This violent oppression and abuse has to stop. The Cuban regime must immediately and unconditionally release these activists and all political prisoners."