U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the unjust detention of Angel Yunier Remón, a young Cuban rapper who is in critical condition because of his hunger strike in protest of the Castro regime. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Today Angel Yunier Remón, a young Cuban artist better known as "El Critico,' sits in a Cuban prison on the verge of death because he has been on a hunger strike for over 18 days to demand freedom and democracy from his oppressor. Angel was arrested in March when he tried to stand up to a violent mob that was organized by regime agents to vandalize his home. He was targeted for criticizing the Castro regime's brutal human rights abuses and oppression of 11 million of his fellow countrymen and women.
"I call on the Obama Administration and responsible nations to demand the immediate release of El Critico. We must not ignore the plight of those suffering in Cuba and we must lend our voices to those who are being silenced by the regime and who are risking their lives every day, demanding that dignity and freedom be respected."