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Cuba in 2016. (Photo: David Sittig).

N.J. Puerto Rico Commission stands with Cuban protestors

By David Wildstein, July 22 2021 9:04 am

Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission has signed on in solidarity with the freedom movement occurring in Cuba right now.

“We stand by Our Cuban brothers and sisters in their call for help and support.  We join in their movement in solidarity and condemn the repressive regime that seeks to silence their call to demand change,” said the statement signed by Murphy and the entire 34-member commission.

The commission wants the Cuban people to “break free from the grip of the pandemic and the decades of economic suffering, hunger and repression.”

“Peaceful protestors have taken to the streets and cannot be silenced,” the statement said.  “They have been met with brutal militaristic force for simply demanding basic human rights.”

State Sens. Nellie Pou (D-North Haledon) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) are on the commission, along with Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) and Yvonne Lopez (D-Perth Amboy), and Anibal Ramos, Jr., who represents the North Ward on the Newark City Council.

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