Chairman Connie Mack (FL-14), after heralding last week's Senate Foreign Relations Hearing entitled: The Path to Freedom: Countering Repression and Strengthening Civil Society in Cuba, today responds to news that one witness was arrested and beaten by the Castro Regime led by Raul Castro. Mack stated:
"It is a sad day today as we receive crystal clear confirmation that not a single change has taken place in Cuba under the reign of the Castro brothers.
"Here in the United States we stand on the belief that every citizen has the right of free speech. So, when a brutal regime beats its own citizen in response to the expression of that right, we should see an outpouring of disgust and outrage from the U.S. Administration.
"I call on the Obama Administration to do everything within its power, and the powers of our close allies, to defend the health, safety and freedom of the brave, pro-democracy leader Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez", as well as U.S. citizen Alan Gross and other fighters of freedom who currently languish under the all-powerful hand of Raul Castro."