Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Florida Republican to Cuban people: We will protect you

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen would like to see Fidel Castro dead
Source of high-resolution photo: the congresswoman's official Web site.

The jailing of a U.S. subcontractor who "was working on the island is further proof that the regime’s tyrannical and anti-American policies persist," U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
The Florida Republican made the comment after meeting with Jonathan Farrar, chief of the American mission in Havana.
Cuban authorities jailed American subcontractor Alan Gross on Dec. 4. They accuse him of illegally distributing laptops and other equipment, but have not charged him with a crime - not publicly at least.
Ros-Lehtinen met with Farrar in Washington. After the meeting, her press office quoted her as saying:
My discussions with Mr. Farrar confirmed reports that repression on the island has only increased over the past few months, making it clear that U.S. overtures to the regime remain unanswered.
The U.S. must stand firm: democratic change in Cuba must come first, before any further efforts to change or weaken U.S.-Cuba policy.
We must redouble our efforts to precipitate a transition to democratic rule in Cuba so that the Cuban people and our nation can feel safe and secure without the looming threat posed by the Cuban tyranny.
Ros-Lehtinen, 57, was born in Havana and is a well-known foe of Fidel Castro. In the 2006 British documentary, 638 Ways to Kill Castro, she was quoted as saying:
I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people.

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