Cuban Dissident's Mother Appears before Congress

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

MIAMI (AP) -- The mother of a Cuban dissident who died last year from complications related to a hunger strike has accepted the invitation from lawmakers to testify in Congress against the island's government.

Reina Luisa Tamayo on Monday called Cuban President Raul Castro
and his brother, longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, "assassins" for the death of her son Orlando Zapata Tamayo. Zapata had been in prison since 2003 on charges including disrespecting authority.

Tamayo spoke at the offices Miami U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Lehtinen and fellow Miami Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and
David Rivera have yet to set a date for Tamayo's visit in D.C. All three representatives support stricter sanctions against the island.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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