Remarks by Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart at the Miami HRTR Forum


Apr 15, 2008

The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Congressman from Florida's 21st District, spoke at the Miami HRTR forum on April 12. (Linda Li/The Epoch Times)
The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Congressman from Florida's 21st District, spoke at the Miami HRTR forum on April 12. (Linda Li/The Epoch Times)

The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Congressman from Florida's 21st District, spoke at the Miami HRTR forum on April 12. Following are his remarks.

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Thank you, and I want to thank each and every one of you, and not just to those who are here but also those who organized this event, and those who have been and are continuing to organize events throughout the world that are in commemoration and recognition of the suffering of the Chinese people.

I would ask the organizers of this wonderful campaign, the Global Human Rights Torch Relay, to take note of the fact that here today is an important representation of ... the Cuban Liberty Council, the former political prisoners from Cuba, a people that are suffering the same oppression that we are denouncing today in China.

So we'll ask—because I saw the marvelous description of the other wonderful groups trying to gain human rights, whether it's in Burma, whether it's in Sudan, or whether it's in other places of the world that are helping this campaign—to please incorporate and note the firm support and presence of the freedom fighters from Cuba in your campaign. You have great representatives of that cause here today.

I know they can't speak in public, can't speak openly, but I know the people of Cuba are also with the people of China.

It's important to point out what the Chinese communist dictatorship is doing in Tibet, what the Chinese communist dictatorship is doing to the Falun Gong activists, who are murdered by the Chinese totalitarian dictatorship, and their organs are sold in the international marketplace.

Today what we are doing is ... focusing on the great embarrassment of mankind because that's what it will be, forever—a worldwide embarrassment, that an Olympic Games that is meant to celebrate competition and freedom, a spirit of solidarity and friendship among nations is going to be held in a country that has oppressed, and it has oppressed by a brutal, bloody, murderous totalitarian dictatorship that does not cease in its brutal oppression and torture of the noble people of China.

And we see examples here, and it's so important to point out what the Chinese communist dictatorship is doing in Tibet, what the Chinese communist dictatorship is doing to the Falun Gong activists, who simply want a space to be able to worship, but not only are they oppressed, persecuted, but they are actually murdered, murdered by the Chinese totalitarian dictatorship, and their organs are sold in the international marketplace.

That is the nature, the essence of the regime in China. That the world agreed to host and celebrate an Olympics in that brutal, despicable regime is an embarrassment and will be an embarrassment forever to mankind.

Just like when we look back at the Olympics in 1936, yes, we have wonderful records of Jesse Owens, the records that he broke, but the context of that Olympics having been held in 1936 in totalitarian Germany was, is, and will be an embarrassment for mankind, in the same way the 2008 Olympics is and will be forever an embarrassment for mankind.

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have sent letters [to support this event], and I know their strong solidarity as well with this cause. And there are many colleagues in the Congress who also share this solidarity.

But I wanted to come by in the midst of a busy day as you can imagine. First, you join the Cuban Liberty Council and the former political prisoners who are here, who are my heroes. Because they take their time and their resources, year after year, to fight for their enslaved brothers 100 miles from here who do not have a voice.

And in the instance of Pedro Fuentes, Angel Cuadra, and others who are here, not only do you have mine, but you have the ultimate admiration and gratitude of every person who loves freedom.

So it's an honor to be here, standing with the people of China, standing with the people of Tibet, and saying to them, "We do not forget you. You are not alone, and we will continue to stand with you."

Thank you very much.


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