Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) met with Jorge Luis García Pérez ("Antúnez") and his wife, Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera earlier this morning. Antúnez leads the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience Front, and Pérez Aguilera heads the Rosa Parks Women's Movement for Civil Rights. A number of key local leaders in the struggle for Cuba's freedom were present to express solidarity with Antúnez, Pérez Aguilera, and the pro-democracy movement.
"I was deeply honored to meet with Antúnez and Yris after years of following their unwavering courage and commitment to freedom for the Cuban people in the face of relentless cruelty at the hands of Castro's thugs. I am in awe of their passion and clarity of purpose, and have never been more certain of Cuba's democratic future than after hearing firsthand from these heroes," stated Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.
"I was honored to have met, along with my colleague Mario Diaz-Balart, and my legislative brother Lincoln Diaz-Balart, with these courageous freedom fighters during their visit to Miami. Antúnez and his wife, Yris Pérez Aguilera, symbolize the struggle of the peaceful Cuban pro-democracy activists against the brutal and despotic Castro regime. Because of the actions of Antúnez, his wife Yris, the valiant Ladies in White, and all the other dissidents who risk their lives every day seeking liberty and democracy, Cuba will be free and rid of the hated Castro brothers and their failed communist revolution," stated Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
"Antúnez and Yris are heroes of mine, as they are for millions who long for Cuba's freedom. It was a profound honor and privilege for me to finally be able to meet them personally," stated former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.