Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement after receiving an open letter signed by 364 members of the peaceful Cuban dissident movement asking her to continue her efforts denouncing the increased wave of repression against them by the Castro dictatorship.
"While the Obama Administration is trying to make nice with Raul and Fidel Castro offering up concessions in return for an unjustly imprisoned U.S. citizen, the Castro brothers are ratcheting up the repression against the peaceful dissident movement.
Defenseless women are spat at, beaten and dragged through the streets of Havana and other Cuban cities simply because they are demanding respect for their most basic human rights.
The letter I received from the dissidents is a testament to the brutality of the Castro brothers and the illegal regime they lead. I will continue focusing the attention of the U.S. Congress on the grave human rights abuses committed just 90 miles from our shores and I will redouble my efforts to ensure that other responsible nations know the true barbaric nature of the Castro tyranny.
The aspirations of the Cuban people for freedom, liberty, democracy and the rule of law cannot be denied, despite the best efforts of the evil and twisted Cuban dictatorship."