Miami, Florida-January 20, 2021-Assembly of the Cuban Resistance- The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance with members and delegations in the United States and around the world, supports the initiative made to leaders of the United States Senate by Florida Members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla, U.S. Reps. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla. and Maria Elvira Salazar,R-Fla.
The petition asks U.S. Senator Bob Menendez D-NJ, incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Jim Risch, R-Idaho current Chairman and ranking Republican on the committee, to reject any appointment made by President Joe Biden who "is not committed to promoting democracy, economic liberation and basic civil liberties for Cuba and Venezuela.”
"We are confident that this petition will prevent the new administration of newly elected President Joe Biden from making the same mistake in terms of Cuba and Venezuela that former President Barak Obama made," said José Francisco Lamas, founder of the Cuban Civic Committee of Chicago, in Chicago.
"I find the initiative of the three Florida Members of Congress to be fair and reasonable in the event that the new administration decides to make changes to the measures and sanctions in place," said Roberto Pizano, former political prisoner and President of the "Association of Former Cuban Political Prisoners and Exiles of Tampa", in Tampa.
"This is an important gesture from the three Florida Members of Congress. The Helms Burton Act was codified so that it could not be withdrawn without the approval of Congress, just as it is essential to maintain the sanctions and measures indicated in this petition”, said José Gutiérrez Solana, a former political prisoner and Secretary of the Union of Former Political Prisoners North Zone, in New Jersey.
"I am in support of these measures and stand in solidarity with something that will help pursue freedom for Cuba. I hope that President Biden understands that these are decisive moments for the freedom of Cuba," said Fernando Marquet, representative of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance in Los Angeles, California.
“The changes of administration in the United States have generally produced a different focus as it relates to policies towards Cuba. Experience has demonstrated that openings and the intent to find solutions disregarding the critical situation in which Cubans are living in economically, politically, and socially do not work. Reasoning and not political dogma is what should prevail in the United States with regards to the Castro Regime. That reasoning tells us that sanctions and pressure have been most effective means to achieve some semblance of progress in Cuba”, stated Luis Zuñiga, former political prisoner and Vice President for the Cuban Liberty Council, in Miami, Florida.
It is the position of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance that this initiative is vital at this time of changes. The United States should maintain and reinforce crucial measures and sanctions which result in the debilitation of the communist regimes in Cuba and Venezuela and their interference in other Latin American countries.