Menendez Statement on Cuban Independence Day

Menendez Statement on Cuban Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Cuban Independence Day:

"Today, is the 112th Anniversary of Cuba's independence from Spain, but, it's also a solemn reminder that for almost 60 of those years, the people of Cuba have not been free and are still not free today. Thousands are still fighting for freedom against a brutal regime that has destroyed Cuba's economic potential and kept the Cuban people from realizing their dreams. On this day, let us remember the courage of those who have perished at the hands of the Castro regime's brutality that continues to deprive the Cuban people of basic human rights.

"But we should also be encouraged that there is a growing opposition movement in Cuba fighting for real change and freedom on the island. I commend their valiant efforts and reiterate my unwavering support for the millions of Cubans who yearn for a chance to shape their own destinies in a prosperous, democratic, free Cuba."

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