Press advisory: Center for a Free Cuba’s Chairman Guillermo Marmol: “Ivan Prieto is the latest Cuban to flee the Castro dictatorship to live in freedom.”

Press advisory

Center for a Free Cuba’s Chairman Guillermo Marmol: “Ivan Prieto is the latest Cuban to flee the Castro dictatorship to live in freedom.”

Contacts: John Suarez (612) -367-6845  and Janisset Rivero 786-208-6056 

Center for a Free Cuba. Washington DC. March 20, 2023. Ivan Prieto (Cuba’s bullpen catcher) defected from the Cuban National Team last night prior to the team returning to Cuba this morning. Ivan is now the first player to flee Team Cuba during a World Baseball Classic.

Center for a Free Cuba’s Chairman Guillermo Marmol said today that “Ivan Prieto is the latest Cuban to flee the Castro dictatorship to live in freedom.”

“Ivan Prieto  is a Cuban athlete who just defected from Cuba’s baseball team visiting Miami,” Marmol observed and added “It is obvious that only folks escaping tyranny defect. Athletes from Central Europe no longer seek asylum because they no longer live under Communism. No Dominican baseball players try to escape.”

Mr. Marmol has called on the U.S. Congress and the Biden Administration to apply to Cuba sanctions modeled after the South Africa embargo.

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