Ros-Lehtinen urges constituents to post photos of Cuban human rights abuses
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen urges constituents to post photos of Cuban
human rights abuses to U.S. diplomats' Facebook page.
By Juan O. Tamayo
Incensed that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana is sponsoring a
photo contest on its Facebook page, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is urging
her South Florida constituents to submit their own photos "of the
heinous crimes the Castro regime has committed."
"I was appalled to learn of this photo contest sponsored by our very own
Interests Section in Havana because if anyone knows the reality of life
in Castro's Cuba, it is our diplomats serving there," declared
Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, in a statement Wednesday.
"To counter this deceptive nonsense, I have asked Secretary of State
(Hillary) Clinton to look into this and I am now inviting all freedom
loving people to submit pictures of the many crimes committed by the
Castro regime to the USINT Facebook page," she added.
Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is
known for her steadfast and often sharp-tongued criticisms of Cuba's
communist system. The island's official news media often calls her "la
loba feroz" – the fierce she-wolf.
Her statement included a list of six "heinous crimes the Castro regime
has committed," from the 1996 killing of four Brothers to the Rescue
pilots to the 2010 death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo and
the harassment of women dissidents known as the Ladies in White.
"These are the pictures that illustrate what life in communist Cuba is
really like and not the fuzzy and warm pictures USINT is highlighting of
children frolicking in pools or young men playing with dolphins,"
The Facebook page of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, known as an
Interests section because the two countries do not have full diplomatic
relations, is hosting the photo contest titled "Memories of Summer."