U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement after the release of a poll regarding Cuba conducted by the Atlantic Council. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"It's not surprising that this poll was conducted with a political agenda to help justify the disastrous policies toward Cuba by President Obama. This poll is being presented with the participation of Senator Jeff Flake, Castro's cheerleader in the Senate who obsessively lobbies to lift sanctions on the dictatorship.
"The poll does not accurately depict the brutality behind the Castro brothers who were responsible for the latest crackdown against thousands of pro-democracy leaders who were recently detained or arrested. This poll will accomplish nothing. Current U.S. law states that the Cuban embargo will remain in place until the dictatorship in Cuba, among other requirements: frees political prisoners, holds free elections, and recognizes the freedom of the press.
"Another poll conducted by the International Republican Institute states that 69 percent of Cubans said that in the last two years it has been difficult for them to speak out without retribution and a majority of Cubans believe that the Cuban regime is repressive against its own people. These statistics only reaffirm the reality on the island when every day we hear about more beatings leading to detentions and explains why prominent Cuban human rights leaders favor keeping the U.S. embargo against the tyranny in Cuba."