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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FCF founder Gus Monge assaulted by agents of the Castro regime in Panama

Standing up for a free Cuba in Panama
Auugusto Monge in Panama City on April 9, 2015
Augusto Monge, "Gus"to his friends was brutally assaulted today in Panama City at Porra Park while joining with 20 other exile and internal opposition activists in laying flowers at a bust of Jose Marti in that public park. The videos of what took place are circulating around the world in the run up to the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Gus is a founding member of the Free Cuba Foundation and was chairman from 1993 to 1994. In 1994 Gus participated in the first Summit of the Americas and also spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol that same year.

Gus Monge speaks on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1994

 On July 13, 1995 he participated in a flotilla to pay his respects to the 37 men, women and children massacred a year earlier by the Castro regime. Following the February 24, 1996 Brothers to the Rescue shoot down Gus took part in the flotilla to pay his respects for the four men who had been killed.

Flotilla in March of 1996

On the twentieth anniversary of the "13 de Marzo"tugboat massacre Gus gathered at FIU to remember the 37 victims of the Castro regime. Following the December 17, 2014 Cuba policy announcement by the White House Gus Monge joined together with different generations of FCF activists at Jose Marti park on December 20, 2014 to protest the policy changes.

Gus Monge standing on the far right with other FCF members on July 13, 2014
 On January 31, 2015 Gus was one of fifteen former Free Cuba Foundation officers who signed a letter titled Not In Our Name that was published in The Huffington Post. On February 24, 2015 Gus took part in the silent vigil at Florida International University in memory of the four members of Brothers to the Rescue killed nineteen years earlier.

Vigil for Brothers to the Rescue on February 24, 2015
The Free Cuba Foundation denounces the brutal assault on Cuba resistance activists in Panama City today and joins the call for an investigation into what happened and holding responsible those who initiated the attack.

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