Jul 15 2021
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced a Senate resolution in support of the people of Cuba as they lead protests throughout the island against six decades of repression and tyranny from the Castro and Díaz-Canel regime.
“Cubans deserve fundamental political and human rights, and I support their ongoing calls for freedom,” said Sen. Moran. “After 60 years of Communist rule, the Cuban people ought to have a government that can meet their basic needs like food and medicine. This resolution recognizes the courage of the Cuban people who are risking their livelihoods – and possibly their lives – for freedoms they are currently being denied.”
“The Cuban people are courageously standing up for their freedoms after 62 years of subjugation under a communist dictatorship,” said Sen. Rubio. “This is truly a historic moment, and one that as a Cuban American I’m proud to witness. The people of Cuba have made their voices clear. We must stand in support of the Cuban people’s ongoing efforts to live in a nation free from tyranny and censorship.”
The resolution highlights the dictatorship’s long record of oppression against pro-democracy leaders, political opponents and civic movements. Following this weekend’s wave of peaceful protests, the regime has once again detained José Daniel Ferrer, leader of Cuba's Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, leader of the San Isidro Movement, and more than 100 Cubans.
Also joining Sens. Moran and Rubio in introducing the resolution are Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
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