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Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Condemn Beating of Pro-Democracy Activist Yris Perez Aguilera by Castro Thugs


Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday in Santa Clara, Castro's thugs viciously beat Yris Perez Aguilera, head of the Rosa Parks Feminist Movement and wife of pro-democracy leader Jorge Luis Garcia Perez ("Antunez"), and left her bleeding and unconscious on Prolongacion de Marta Abreu Street. After the beating, Yris has been vomiting blood, is losing sight in one eye, and continues to have bouts of unconsciousness. Her family and friends fear for her life.

Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) released the following statement:

Diaz-Balart: "The Castro regime's thugs have repeatedly targeted Yris for her daring opposition to the dictatorship's crushing oppression. Yesterday, her simple pleas for liberty were once again met with violence. The true criminals in Cuba are the shameless thugs who perpetuate these brutal human rights abuses against defenseless women such as Yris and the Ladies in White. The Castro dictatorship has the blood of innocents on its hands, and those who carry out their misdeeds will be held accountable for their crimes. I call on the international community to condemn the regime's brutality against Yris and other pro-democracy activists, and to pray for the health of Yris Perez Aguilera."

Ros-Lehtinen: "Once again we see the reality of life under the Castro totalitarian dictatorship; peaceful pro democracy activists beaten by Castro's thugs simply because they dared to walk together in solidarity. And this time, Yris Perez Aguilera, wife of the brave freedom fighter, Jose Luis Garcia Perez Antunez, was beaten so severely that she lost consciousness. The cowardly Castro regime beats innocent women all the time and what does the Obama Administration do in response? More diplomatic entreaties and concessions to this vile and ruthless octogenarian clique of despots that has turned Cuba into an economic and social basket case. I call upon responsible nations to condemn this latest wanton attack and for the State Department to help assure that Yris receives the proper medical care as soon as possible."

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