The members of the New Jersey Latino Caucus issued the following statement on the protests happening in Cuba and throughout New Jersey:
“For more than half a century, the Cuban people have been clamoring for freedom, from a totalitarian system of rule that has produced nothing but injustice and economic ruin. Now, for the first time in many years and during one of the world’s most devastating public health crises in centuries, the Cuban people are united in protest and opposition to their government.
“The Cuban people have suffered for decades under a repressive government, limiting the basic freedoms and democratic values we hold dear, and now more than ever, the Cuban people need our help and support.
“Here in New Jersey, the Cuban expatriate community has come out in unison to demonstrate to the island that we join their movement in solidarity. We also condemn the rampant violence, widening hunger, and continuing harm brought on by this regime. To the thousands who continue to protest daily despite fear of retaliation, arrest, or even death, we stand with you in calling for justice and societal change.
“We are hopeful this movement leads to democratic reforms, free speech, and a new beginning for the Cuban people.”
Members of the NJ Legislative Latino Caucus include Senator Nellie Pou, Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, Assemblyman Pedro Mejia, Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor-Marin and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano.