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Mario and Lincoln Diaz Balart

With two brothers, Mario and Lincoln, as present and former congressmen for South Florida, the Diaz Balarts are now among the leaders of the Miami Plantocracy in exile. Their grandfather was the Batistiano mayor of Banes, a colony of United Fruit Company whom he served as corporate counsel, and he was a member of the Cuban House of Representatives along with their uncle. Their father Raphael served as the majority leader in the Cuban House of Representatives from 1954-58 and ran the dreaded Ministry of the Interior as deputy minister under Batista. When it came time to move out, he took his goons and rackets with him to Florida.

From Wikipedia:

[Lincoln] "Diaz-Balart plays a prominent role in the Cuban-American lobby, and was active in the attempt by relatives of Elian Gonzalez to gain custody of the six year old from his Cuban father.[10]

During his career Diaz-Balart has advocated a naval blockade to be deployed against Cuba,[11] also calling for the United States to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro.[12] Diaz-Balart has defended Velentin Hernández, convicted of murdering Luciano Nieves, a fellow Cuban exile who supported negotiations with the Cuban government,[13] and lobbied extensively for the release and pardon of Cuban exile Orlando Bosch, who has been accused of involvement in the 1976 bombing of Cubana Flight 455, helping organize an "Orlando Bosch day" to gain support for his release.[14] He also attempted to block Jimmy Carter's visit to the island in 2002.[15]" -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Diaz-Balart

The Diaz Balarts also have a long history of voter fraud going back to Cuba, including this recent episode in 2008:

"Two weeks ago, after absentee ballots arrived in the mail, a gentleman calling himself “Juan” visited several supporters of Raul Martinez, the Democratic former mayor of Hialeah who is challenging Lincoln Diaz-Balart. “Juan” offered the voters assistance in filling out their ballots, which he then promised to deliver to the elections office. “Juan” had been dispatched to pro-Martinez household by callers claiming to work for Martinez. In fact neither “Juan” nor his dispatchers work for Martinez nor the Democratic Party—and no one knows what happened to the ballots.

The Miami Herald traced the phone number given to the duped residents to a consultant who works for Diaz-Balart. One duped voter summoned Jeff Garcia, the campaign manager for Martinez, who was able to videotape “Juan” as well as his car and license plate. Another mysterious visitor named “Angel” purporting to be from the office of Miami-Dade’s election supervisor was also videotaped. Cornered by a Martinez volunteer, “Angel” said he was employed by the Diaz-Balart office." -- Ann Louise Bardach, The fate of the U.S. Embargo of Cuba rests on down and dirty campaigns in South Florida, 10/2008

Thanks to the long planned shift of the Plantocracy in support of afrocuban dissidents, they are backers of Vicki Ruiz-Labrit, the Miami spokeswoman for the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration in Cuba, as shown in this 2001 House speech in favor of of afrocuban dissident Oscar Biscet, where Lincoln Diaz-Balart directs attention to Ruiz Labrit for her activities in support of Cuban political prisoners and gives out her phone number.

For an important perspective from another inhabitant of their home town Banes, Dr. Alberto Jones, who had to endure the rule of the Diaz Balarts, see:

Why Banes Does Not Miss the Diaz-Balarts nor the United Fruit Co., 10/22/08 Alberto Jones

A Cuba in Diaz Balart's Image or that of Today's Miami by Alberto Jones, 1998

July 20, 2001 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—HOUSE H4369top

Mr. [LINCOLN] DIAZ-BALART 

Mr. Speaker, today is the 40th birthday of a brave human rights activist and pro-democracy leader, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, who at this moment finds himself serving a prison sentence in a Cuban gulag for peacefully protesting for democracy in Cuba, after being taken before a farce of a trial in Havana on February 25 of last year. 

Dr. Biscet was born in Havana on July 20, 1961. In 1985, he obtained a degree in medicine, and late in that decade he began to openly oppose the totalitarian regime that oppresses the Cuban people. 

In 1997, Dr. Biscet was one of the founders of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, a humanitarian organization created to demand fundamental human rights from the Cuban totalitarian regime. 

In February of 1998, Dr. Biscet was officially expelled from the Cuban health system and he was prohibited from practicing medicine. That same year, he and his family were thrown out of their home, and his wife was fired from her employment due to her pro-human rights activities. Both of them, in fact, were forced to depend on the charity of their friends and of those who wished to see Cuba free. 

On October 28, 1999, Dr. Biscet held a press conference before the Ibero- American Summit began in Havana. During the press conference, along with other pro-democracy activists, Dr. Biscet announced that they would carry out a march calling for the release of all political prisoners and for the respect of the human rights of the Cuban people. 

During the press conference, two Cuban flags were exhibited upside down as a symbol of protest for the innumerable human rights violations that the regime commits continuously. On November 3 of 1999, just a few days later, Dr. Biscet was arrested and taken to a dungeon known as ‘‘Cien y Aldabo’’, where he was thrown into a cell with common criminals for the alleged crimes of ‘‘abuse of national symbols, public disorder, and inciting delinquency.’’ Dr. Biscet represents the noblest aspirations of the Cuban people. His efforts as founder and leader of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights have won him the respect and admiration of human rights activists throughout the world, and have inspired many to continue the struggle for freedom in Cuba. 

The Castro tyranny, fearful of the effectiveness of Dr. Biscet’s message, has arrested him more than two dozen times in the last few years. It has fired him from his job, along with his family, thrown him out of his house, he has been subjected to psychiatric examinations, and has been constantly pressured by the regime to leave the island, something that he refuses to do. Before being sentenced at his farcical trial, Dr. Biscet asked all Cubans, those living in the oppression on the island and those in exile, and all others throughout the world who support freedom for Cuba, to unite in prayer for the freedom of all political prisoners and of all the Cuban people. From his cell, he has remained firm in his principles and has asked the international community to demand justice for the people of Cuba. 

It is most appropriate that as we send our message of solidarity to Dr. Biscet today on his birthday, we commit ourselves to working with all devotion and dedication so that freedomloving individuals like Dr. Biscet do not have to spend their precious lives in the isolation and inhuman conditions of totalitarian dungeons. 

There is a program that has been set up to try to help Cuban political prisoners by having families in the United States adopt, if you will, the family of a Cuban political prisoner for at least a year. 

A well-known pro-democracy activist, Vicki Ruiz-Labrit, is coordinating the program. They have a phone number. We all should help. It is 305–461– 6700. We should all help by adopting the family of a Cuban political prisoner, and in that way, helping the most suffering, those who suffer the most in the totalitarian island just a few miles from our shores. 

Dr. Biscet, on your birthday, inside your prison cell I know that you cannot now hear my words, but I salute you and express my profound admiration for you, and through you, for all Cuban political prisoners. 

-- http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2001-07-20/pdf/CREC-2001-07-20.pdf


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The Bono-Diaz Balart connection: a free Cuba, Dr. Biscet  6/30/2011 Miami Herald: "Bono has been personally lobbied on the Biscet's cause by Miami Rep. Mario Diaz Balart, who met with the rock star last week and last year to raise awareness of human-rights issues, Biscet and Orlando Zapata, another jailed activist who died in 2010 after staging a hunger strike on the island."

US Congressman Diaz-Balart Seeks to Punish Cuban-Americans  6/24/2011 Havana Times: "Puerto Rican legislator Rep. Serrano warned that we should not be trying to define what constitutes “family” because the scope varies among different ethnic groups and Virginia Democrat Rep. Moran decried the amendment as un-American and “totalitarian”… Florida Rep. Diaz-Balart said that remittances have become a huge cash windfall for the Cuban government, ignoring the fact that the money is helping the Cuban people to become less economically dependent on the government and that much of it has gone toward starting up small businesses."

Family travel to Cuba reverts to cruel Bush-era regs  6/23/2011 LAWG: "Today the House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of an amendment, put forth by Representative Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida (R-FL 21st), to the FY 2012 Financial Services Appropriations bill. This amendment, which passed by voice vote, rescinds changes that President Obama made in 2009 to Cuban-American family travel and remittances regulations. If this amendment were to become law, Cuban Americans would only be permitted to visit their families in Cuba once every three years, with a limited definition of what constitutes family, and with no humanitarian exceptions. Cuban Americans would also be limited in what they could send in remittances to Cuba."

History and the guest of stone  6/7/2011 Progreso Weekly: "Look at the fundamental data: Buyer: Nipe Bay Company, a subsidiary of the United Fruit Company. Area: 3,713 caballerias or more than 49,000 hectares. Total sale price: $100! ...We would have to laugh at the sale price: the ridiculous generates laughter among the spectators. But it was a tragic act. And Don Rafael Diaz-Balart, a lawyer for United in the Banes Division and ex-mayor of that town, defended those same fraudulent buyers on Aug. 9, 1940, in a memo requested by Mr. E.S. Walker, United Fruit Company administrator."

Blacks bear the brunt of Cuba's brutality  2/28/2010 Miami Herald: "Zapata's ordeal is being spun from the other side of the coin, too -- the predominantly white and U.S.-based, right-wing anti-Castro opposition who clearly stand to score political points from the case of a black martyr. Righteous declarations can be expected from organizations such as Democracy Movement, the Cuban American National Foundation, the Cuban Liberty Council and, especially, the Cuban Democratic Directorate. Many Cuban civil-rights activists accuse these groups of working to corral and control the new internal opposition forces on behalf of interests linked to Cuba's former Jim Crow oligarchy. That's why they see U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart's ``indignation'' over Zapata's death, as much as president Raúl Castro's ``regrets,'' as a double farce. A staunch supporter of the tiny, white elite of wealth that was overthrown in 1959, Diaz-Balart can cry crocodile tears, but during his time in Congress his right-wing, pro-embargo agenda has only hindered the ability of black Cubans to improve their lot."

Who does Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart represent?  5/27/2009 Progreso Weekly 

The fate of the U.S. Embargo of Cuba rests on down and dirty campaigns in South Florida  10/30/2008 Ann Louise Bardach: "Two weeks ago, after absentee ballots arrived in the mail, a gentleman calling himself “Juan” visited several supporters of Raul Martinez, the Democratic former mayor of Hialeah who is challenging Lincoln Diaz-Balart. “Juan” offered the voters assistance in filling out their ballots, which he then promised to deliver to the elections office. “Juan” had been dispatched to pro-Martinez household by callers claiming to work for Martinez. In fact neither “Juan” nor his dispatchers work for Martinez nor the Democratic Party—and no one knows what happened to the ballots. The Miami Herald traced the phone number given to the duped residents to a consultant who works for Diaz-Balart. One duped voter summoned Jeff Garcia, the campaign manager for Martinez, who was able to videotape “Juan” as well as his car and license plate. Another mysterious visitor named “Angel” purporting to be from the office of Miami-Dade’s election supervisor was also videotaped. Cornered by a Martinez volunteer, “Angel” said he was employed by the Diaz-Balart office."

Vote Fraud Charges Fly In Diaz-Balart Contest For Congress  10/29/2008 MSNBC 

Ballots picked up, then disappear  10/25/2008 Miami Herald: "Hernandez said he worries his ballot was stolen or destroyed. He and two other voters told The Miami Herald that the man was dispatched by a woman caller who also said she worked for Martinez. But the phone number cited by the voters traces back to a consultant working for Martinez's rival, Republican congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart."

Why Banes Does Not Miss the Diaz-Balarts Nor the United Fruit Co., 10/22/08 Alberto Jones

A political assassination attempt  8/18/2004 Radio Progreso: "On Aug. 11, in a news story headlined “Heinz-Kerry charity assailed, defended,” The Herald reported that three Miami Republican Congresspeople – Lincoln Díaz-Balart, his brother Mario, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – charged that “charitable donations from Teresa Heinz-Kerry's fortune ... may have indirectly helped the Cuban government link up to the Internet over a decade ago.”

Surfacing the Empire's Dirty Secrets - Subverting Brazil and Cuba  4/17/2004 Counterpunch: "I detect evidence, however, that Cuba may have employed some of its sophisticated biological weapons here in the United States. Observe the strange behavior of Lincoln Diaz Balart, (R-FL) – called “Low IQ Lincoln” by some of his colleagues. In March, Diaz Balart called on the President to assassinate Fidel Castro. Sources in the national security apparatus said they had not carried out any tests on Diaz-Balart’s cerebral cortex to determine whether he might have succumbed to some sophisticated bio-brain vapor that Cuban covert operatives had managed to slip into his breakfast cereal. His colleagues found it otherwise difficult to explain how a Member of Congress could otherwise be so oblivious to the law and to the implications of advocating such actions. That neither the media nor Congress responded in shock to Diaz Balart’s remarks, or Bolton’s unfounded charges, attests to the state of imperial denial under Emperor Bush."

Ileana, Lincoln, Money and the Media  3/7/2003 Radio Progresso, Miami: "The Miami Herald on Feb. 27 ran an interesting story that was translated and then mutilated by El Nuevo Herald. We wonder why. The story (“Congressional push for Latin media merger”) said in its opening paragraph that “U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Díaz-Balart have urged government regulators to approve a controversial $2 billion merger of leading Spanish-language broadcasters Univisión and Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.” The two legislators are Republicans from South Florida."

Diaz-balart Draws Map For Success  4/29/2001 Sun Sentinel: "Reapportionment battles of the past have forged unusual alliances -- like the 1992 coalition of white Republicans and black Democrats to force the creation of several black-majority congressional districts around the state… He also credits Diaz-Balart with a knack for working with different racial and ethnic groups."

A Cuba in Diaz Balart's Image or that of Today's Miami by Alberto Jones, 1998

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