Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
FREEDOM FOR CARLOS MANUEL HERNANDEZ REYES
(Extensions of Remarks - July 17, 2007)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1542] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] FREEDOM FOR CARLOS MANUEL HERNANDEZ REYES ______ HON. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of florida in the house of representatives Tuesday, July 17, 2007 Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida. Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak about Carlos Manuel Hernandez Reyes, a political prisoner in totalitarian Cuba. Mr. Carlos Manuel Hernandez Reyes is a member of the John Paul II Peace and Justice Movement and a member of the Pedro Luis Boitel Civic Resistance Movement, an organization named for a legendary, heroic Cuban political figure who died in a hunger strike in 1972. The primary objective of the movement is to urge the Cuban tyranny to grant amnesty to all prisoners of conscience and to abolish ``political'' crimes in totalitarian Cuba. Because of Mr. Hernandez Reyes' steadfast belief in human liberty and his dream of freedom for the people of Cuba, who have for too long been enslaved by the nightmare that is the totalitarian regime, he has been a constant target of the tyranny's repressive machinery. Because of his belief in inalienable rights and his dream that the people of Cuba deserve freedom and democracy, Mr. Hernandez Reyes was arrested by state security thugs on March 15, 2007 on grotesque charges of ``disrespect,'' which amounted to nothing more than refusing to live out the regime's mandated propaganda. For his supposed ``crime'' Mr. Hernandez Reyes was maliciously ``sentenced'' to one year in the totalitarian gulag. I remind my colleagues that, under the Cuban totalitarian regime, any freedom of expression or effort to display truth or opinion that is not in step with the regime's mandated lies, is met with swift and violent repression. Upon his ``sentencing'' Mr. Hernandez Reyes was moved by mule to the Tres Veredas concentration camp in Guantanamo, Cuba. Madam Speaker, Tres Veredas is an infernal dungeon where men are herded and treated as animals, with little if any contact with the outside world, the camp being a three to four hour walk from the nearest town and almost only reachable by mule. Madam Speaker, Mr. Hernandez Reyes languishes in an unventilated, dank, and rancid smelling room without water, electricity, or sunlight. Recently, Mr. Hernandez Reyes was able to communicate to human rights activist Francisco Hernandez Gomez that there was a rampant outbreak of diarrhea among the prisoners. No one bothered to investigate the source of their illness or make the minimal effort of transporting prisoners to a hospital or clinic for diagnosis. Instead they were ``treated'' by a nurse at the facility itself without access even to electricity. Madam Speaker, this is only one episode of the criminally abhorrent injustices continually carried out on countless innocent Cubans just 90 miles from our shores. And yet, though the tyranny has attempted to destroy Mr. Hernandez Reyes, he will never cease in his commitment to freedom for Cuba. My Colleagues, we must demand the immediate release of Carlos Manuel Hernandez Reyes and all prisoners of conscience in totalitarian Cuba. ____________________