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House Proceeding 03-23-10 on Mar 23rd, 2010 :: 1:16:25 to 1:26:15
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Mario Diaz-Balart

1:16:21 to 1:16:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: going to let the mario and lincoln brothers buy me a margarita and we'll all celebrate together. viva cuba libre. thrart diaz-balart let me thank -- mr. diaz-balart: let me thank the gentleman for freedom everywhere but has been particularly vocal on free cuba. i want to approach the well

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:16:25 to 1:26:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Mario Diaz-Balart

1:16:42 to 1:17:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: because i want to show some pictures and some boards of some individuals that i want to briefly talk about. madam speaker, the gentleman from indiana just mentioned orlando zapata tamayo. this is his picture here.

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:17:05 to 1:17:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: 42-year-old plumber and bricklayer in cuba. he was arrested, thrown in prison, again, a pro-democracy -- peaceful, pro-democracy advocate. and while he was there he was constantly being beaten and beaten and beaten. which, by the way is not unusual treatment for how that

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:17:26 to 1:17:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: regime treats their prisoners. it's hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of political prisoners. so in order to protest the beatings against him and the inhumane treatment of all the other political prisoners and to highlight the cause of freedom, the c?se of freedom that so many are struggling for and are suffering so thoroughly for. he stopped eating.

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:17:48 to 1:18:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: he went on a hunger strike on december 3. and again, he continued to suffer from that brutality. he had been arrested in 2003 during the black spring that i mentioned. and, again, a person who had been declared as a prisoner of

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:18:09 to 1:18:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: conscience by even organizations like amnesty international. so he went on this hunger strike, d after 80 days, 80 days he passed away. he passed away refused to give up on the cause of freedom. and he refused to accept as a

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:18:31 to 1:18:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: normal everyday occurrence that should be accepted the fact that the political prisoners should be beaten, should be mistreated and in fact should be incarcerated at all. let me also put up this poster now.

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:18:55 to 1:19:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: this poster is of orlando zapato -- zapata tamayo's mother. what she's holding up here is the bloodied t-shirt of her son. that's the kind of beatings he was receiving in prison. as a political prisoners -- prisoner, as a prisoner of conscience, as a peaceful m who was just asking for freedom. and because of that this isthe kind of treatment that he was

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:19:16 to 1:19:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: getting. constant beatings, constant, constant beatings in prison. and after he died, after orlando zapata tomeiow -- tamayo, that hero for freedom a that hopefully all of us will

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:19:37 to 1:19:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: remember, because history must remember him for his sacrifice, after that one would ask, well, is that it? is the cause dead? no. because there are other heroes that have come after him. like the many heroes that came before and they will continue to

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:19:58 to 1:20:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: come until cuba is free. and right after he died another well-known political prisoner, a very well-known activist, a very well-known pro-democracy activist also then stopped eating and went on a hunger stri. he's been on this hunger strike

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:20:32 to 1:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: since the 24th of february. this is a man who's a psychology, -- psychologist, he's a freelance writer, he's on a hunger strike and he knows what the consequences of that hunger strike may be. becae he saw what happened to zapata tamayo and he's on a hunger strike knowing that his

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:20:54 to 1:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: fate may very well be the same, that he may give his life so that others will finally wake up and speak out about the horrible atrocities that are taking place just 90 miles away from our shore. and again he says, he has stated that he will remain on this hunger strike until a number of

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:21:16 to 1:21:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: other political prisoners who are -- 26 of them who are seriously ill, seriously ill, are set free. as you can see by this image, his condition as well, very fragile. it doesn't take a medical doctor, i'm not one, understand that his condition is

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:21:42 to 1:22:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: very, very fragile. another man, i don't have a picture of him but he's an engineer in a -- and a former university professor. he has already publicly vowed that he will also go on a hunger strike if this man were to die, on his hunger strike.

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:22:03 to 1:22:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: that he will replace him in the hunger strike until, as he said, the final consequences to highlight the condition of the political prisoners, to highlight the lack ofreedom of the cuban people, to highlight the fact that that freedom is something that's desired by all and yet receives so little

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:22:24 to 1:22:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: attention, so little international atext -- attention. because where are the international communities? where are the international groups? where are they speaking out for the freedom the cuban political prisoners? where are they asking and demanding elections for the cuban people? very few are anywhere to be heard. which is why now felix has also

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:22:45 to 1:23:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: said that he will go on a hunger strike as well again, i repeat as he said, until the final consequences. and the story goes on and on and on.

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:23:07 to 1:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: i want to now put up a picture of this man and his wife. he is known as one word. he w arrested while talking to some friends in a public square. in 1990 he was talking about the lack of freedom in a public square in 1990 and he was arrested and he spent 17 years

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:23:29 to 1:23:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: as a political prisoner and he was consistently and constantly beaten in prison. and yet he never gave up. he never lost faith. and he w finally released in 2007 and what has he done since his release in 2007? mr. speaker, he's continued to speak out, madam speaker. he's continued to speak out.

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:23:50 to 1:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: he's continued to complain and denounce the treatment of the political prisoners and the lack of freedom and demanding democracy for cuba. and just like he was beaten in prison, he and his wife, anothe hero, are now constantly arrested and rearrested and they're beaten and beat and beaten time and time again.

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:24:13 to 1:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: he's 45 years old. another hero that the american people need to know about. these are heroes 90 miles away from the united states. both of these individuals are heroes. another hero, another heeow,

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:24:35 to 1:24:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: madam speaker, oscar -- hero, madam speaker, oscar. he's a physician, he's a doctor. he was incarcerated because he refused to perform forced abortions. ey actually had forced abortions in the island of cuba. he hasedicated his life to advancing human rights and democracy in cuba. he's a medical doctor, as i said, and a total pacifist.

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:24:56 to 1:25:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: a believer in martin luther king and in gandhi. a person who, again, continues to speak out, even from prison. even after the repeated beatings that he'received time and time and time again. he has been placed in sol taret confinement, he has lost many of his teeth and yet he continues

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:25:17 to 1:25:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: to speak out. and unfortunately where are the international organizations demanding his release? and i can continue to go on and on and on, we need to talk about some of these heroes that can never be forgotten, that we need to stand with them, next to them, behind them in solidarity,

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:25:38 to 1:26:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: but to also speak on she this issue and tell us a little bit about -- to speak on this issue and tell as you little bit about -- i believe he spoke to the doctor who is on the hunger strike recently, to talk about that is a person who has dedicated his life for the cause of freedom, who has spent many

Mario Diaz-Balart

1:26:01 to 1:26:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mario Diaz-Balart: years in public service, who will, even though will be ? leaving congress soon, will not stop fighting for the cause of freedom everywhere, not only in cuba, but obviously also particularly fighting for the political prisoners for democracy, for the just causes,

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