Sen. Rick Scott: Our Fight For ‘Patria Y Vida’ in Cuba Remains as Strong as the Legacy of Oswaldo Payá

July 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement in commemoration of tenth anniversary of the assassination of the Cuban dissidents and freedom fighters Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero Escalante, by the illegitimate communist Cuban regime.


This month, Senator Scott and others across the world marked the one year anniversary of the July 11th demonstrations calling for liberty and democracy across Cuba. Senator Scott continues to call on President Biden to condemn the human rights abuses of the illegitimate communist Cuban regime, end his policy of appeasement of Castro and Díaz-Canel and support Senator Scott’s bicameral DEMOCRACIA Act to hold the regime accountable through severe sanctions and unprecedented financial pressure.


Senator Rick Scott said, “Today, I join Rosa Maria Payá and the freedom-loving people of Cuba in commemorating the tenth anniversary of the ruthless murder of the Cuban dissidents and freedom fighters Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero Escalante at the hands of the evil Castro Regime. Oswaldo Payá was fearlessly dedicated to seeing freedom and democracy return to Cuba and it terrified the regime. Sadly, Oswaldo and Harold are just two of the countless lives cut short by the illegitimate communist Cuban regime. For decades, we have seen how the cowardly regime oppresses, attacks, kidnaps, tortures, jails and murders the brave people of Cuba who only ask for their God-given basic human rights. The oppression must end. The United States must lead the freedom-loving nations of the world in the defense of human rights in Cuba and Latin America.


“Our fight to regain democracy and freedom in Cuba, defend human rights across the hemisphere and hold the Castro/Díaz-Canel regime accountable for its atrocious crimes against humanity remains as alive and strong as the legacy of Oswaldo Payá. As we honor the lives of Oswaldo and Harold today, we are again reminded why we can't stop fighting to see a new day of freedom, ‘Patria y Vida’ in Cuba.”


Since the July 11 demonstrations began, Senator Rick Scott has released the following statements condemning the Castro/Díaz-Canel regime’s brutal oppression of the Cuban people and demanding the Biden administration take action: