Three members of the Florida delegation–the state’s two U.S. senators and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.–met with leaders of the South Florida Venezuelan, Colombian, Cuban and Nicaraguan communities to weigh in on Latin American affairs, including the continued crisis in Venezuela.
Diaz-Balart joined U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., held an event in Doral on Friday.
Rubio, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, stressed his continued opposition to the Maduro regime in Venezuela.
“During today’s roundtable with Senator Scott, Congressman Diaz-Balart and leaders of the community, I reiterated my support for Interim President Juan Guaidó and his effort to restore democracy and defend human rights in Venezuela,” Rubio said. “Maduro has no credibility as his inner circle conspires against him and as the Venezuelan people continue to show strong support for President Guaidó. I thank Romy Moreno de Marrero and Belén Marrero, wife and sister of President Guaidó’s incarcerated chief of staff, for joining us today and once again sharing Roberto’s story.”
“I am grateful for our community in South Florida that is fighting so hard to end Maduro’s ruthless regime. It is clear that the reason the crisis continues is because of the influence of Cuba, Russia, China, Iran and Hezbollah, who are all in Venezuela right now and want to inflict pain and torture on the people,” Scott said. “This must end. Together, we will not let evil triumph in Venezuela. The time for talking is over, and I’m proud to join Senator Rubio, Congressman Diaz-Balart and so many brave individuals in the fight for freedom and democracy in Venezuela and throughout Latin America. The safety and security of our nation depend on this fight.”
“I was honored to join Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, along with community leaders today to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and democratic crisis in Venezuela,” Díaz-Balart said. “The Venezuelan people have suffered for far too long under the oppression and corruption of the Maduro regime aided by adversaries such as the Cuban dictatorship. The Cuban malignancy has spread throughout Venezuela and has long has extended its anti-American, anti-democracy tentacles throughout our hemisphere, from assisting the FARC in destabilizing Colombia, to bolstering the anti-American, repressive regimes in Bolivia and Nicaragua. The Maduro dictatorship must go so that the Venezuelan people may begin the process of rebuilding their country, and to protect America’s key national security interests in our hemisphere.”
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.