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ICYMI: Rubio: FBI Must Investigate Puentes de Amor

Aug 5, 2022 | Comunicados de Prensa

Bridges of Love “spreads Cuba’s communist propaganda.” FBI must investigate this group.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
August 5, 2022
Miami Herald

…“Puentes de Amor” or “Bridges of Love” is a left-wing organization registered in the United States as a nonprofit. Despite its sentimental name, the organization really exists to advance the goals of Cuba’s repressive dictatorship….

Puentes de Amor advocates for the removal of sanctions against the Cuban regime. It also seeks Cuba’s delisting from America’s “state sponsors of terrorism” list…. In addition, Puentes de Amor spreads communist propaganda on behalf of the Cuban regime. On July 31, the group’s members staged a public celebration of the Cuban revolution in Miami-Dade County to demonstrate their allegiance to mass-murderer Fidel Castro and his successors. 

It’s also obvious that Puentes de Amor’s leader, Carlos Lazo, has close ties to Havana. Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel routinely shares photos of him and Lazo on social media and uses Lazo’s advocacy to bolster the lie that Cuban Americans favor going easy on his criminal regime….

Federal law prohibits anyone in the United States from acting under the direction of foreign governments unless they first register as a foreign agent. But Puentes de Amor is doing Havana’s bidding while claiming to be an ordinary nonprofit. This is clear cause for a federal investigation. 

Thus far, the federal government has failed to intervene. On the contrary, a member of Biden’s State Department met with Puentes de Amor and posed for a photo with Lazo. That photo made its way onto Cuban state media and is now being used to support Díaz-Canel’s oppression against the Cuban people. 

This is embarrassing and unacceptable. It’s why I wrote a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray urging him to investigate Puentes de Amor for its violation of U.S. law.

Of course, Lazo denies having connections to the Cuban regime…. Regime apologists and Obama-era holdovers in the Biden administration will also resist efforts to crack down on Cuban influence campaigns….

But no matter what they say…[,] it’s obvious that Puentes de Amor is attempting to sow dissension and confusion on American soil to strengthen a communist dictatorship. That makes “Bridges of Love” an organization of foreign agents. Our government is duty-bound to do something about it.

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