On Tuesday (October 29), U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, will meet with Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, at NOON in her Congressional office (2206 Rayburn House Office Building), and will also meet with Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez," leader of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience Front, at 4:30 p.m. at the Organization of American States (OAS). Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Berta Soler and "Antúnez' are two giants of the pro-democracy movement in Cuba. I've had the privilege of meeting with Berta on several occasions, and I am constantly amazed by her resolve and commitment to ridding Cuba of the tyranny of the Castro regime. Despite regular intimidation, harassment and beatings by the regime's cronies, Berta and the Ladies in White press on with the hope of seeing a free and democratic Cuba, and I look forward to hearing from her tomorrow.
"I am also looking forward to joining Antúnez, who served an unjust sentence of 17 years in one of Castro's gulags, his wife Yris Pérez Aguilera, and Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina at the OAS Commission on Human Rights, where we will shine a light on the ongoing human rights violations under the Castro tyranny and urge this international body to live up to its charter and support the work of Cuba's growing pro-democracy movement. Berta and Antúnez are some of the leaders who will take Cuba into a free and democratic era where basic human rights are respected and democracy is cherished and protected. Our task today is to support them as they struggle against a totalitarian regime intent on silencing them and the hope they represent."