FIU professor Lisandro Perez and Lillian Manzor, an associate professor at UM, led a news conference Thursday at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables declaring their opposition to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. They were speaking on behalf of ENCASA, Emergency Network of Cuban American Scholars and Artists for Change in U.S.-Cuba policy. At the news conference, Perez was asked how lifting the embargo would help curtail the types of beatings experienced by Cuban dissident Martha Beatriz Roque at the hands of a pro-Castro mob on Tuesday. "Those beatings have occurred under these policies," Perez said, referring to the embargo. "The policy that is being used is not doing anything to benefit the people of Cuba." Photo below, left to right: Perez, Silvia Wilhelm, Manzor, Elizabeth Cerejido (don't know last person).
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