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Diaz-Balart: Hunger Strike is Over But We Must Continue Our Solidarity

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Location: Washington, DC

"I am relieved that the hunger strike led by brave pro-democracy activists for more than a week has ended without loss of life, and that these heroes have succeeded in gaining support and solidarity from the international community. Furthermore, reports indicate that their courageous protest has led to the promised release of Jorge Vazquez Chaviano, who was unjustifiably imprisoned since attempting to see the Pope during His visit to Cuba in March.

"Unfortunately, the Cuban people remain imprisoned by an oppressive regime that ignores their fundamental rights and continues brutal acts of repression against them. We cannot forget the Cuban people's daily struggle for freedom from tyranny. Until the unjust imprisonments, violent acts of repudiation, and relentless oppression end, we must continue our solidarity with Cuba's brave pro-democracy movement and its noble cause. We must also continue to demand free multiparty elections for the Cuban people.

"Cuba's pro-democracy activists have demonstrated the undaunted strength of their convictions at great personal sacrifice. They have proven once again to the Cuban people, and to the world, where Cuba's true leadership lies."


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