Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has accused US authorities of failing to take action against groups that are hostile to the Cuban government, following an alleged petrol bomb attack on the Cuban embassy in Washington. Rodriguez made the statement on X (formerly Twitter) shortly after the incident, in which an individual launched two Molotov cocktails at the embassy. Thankfully, none of the embassy workers were injured, but the details of the incident are still being investigated. Rodriguez emphasized that anti-Cuban groups resort to terrorism because they believe they will not face any consequences for their actions, despite Cuba repeatedly warning the US about this issue.
This attack on the embassy comes during a week when high-level leaders were visiting the UN General Assembly, including Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Diaz-Canel’s arrival in New York was met with small-scale protests by Cuban immigrants who marched through Manhattan, calling for “Freedom for Cuba” and expressing their opposition to communism.
Rodriguez pointed out that this is not the first time the Cuban mission in Washington has been targeted. In April 2020, a Cuban-born man with mental health issues fired shots at the embassy using an AK-47 type rifle, shouting, “Shoot me if you want to shoot me! I’m here! I’m American! I’m a Yankee!” According to court documents, the perpetrator had attended gatherings of groups that promote aggression, hostility, violence, and extremism against Cuba.
Furthermore, in July 2021, the Cuban embassy in Paris was also attacked with Molotov cocktails. At the time, Rodriguez attributed the attack to the anti-Cuban policies of the United States, which maintains harsh sanctions against the country and opposes its socialist government. He held the US government responsible for inciting such behavior with its continued campaigns against Cuba and its calls for violence.
It is clear that Rodriguez believes the lack of action by US authorities against these anti-Cuba groups contributes to a sense of impunity among them, leading to acts of terrorism. The Cuban government has repeatedly warned the US about the potential consequences of allowing these groups to operate without repercussions.
In conclusion, the recent petrol bomb attack on the Cuban embassy in Washington has once again drawn attention to the issue of anti-Cuba groups resorting to terrorism. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has blamed US authorities for failing to take action against these groups, which he believes has created a climate of impunity that encourages such acts. The Cuban government has repeatedly emphasized this concern to the US, but the attacks continue. It remains to be seen whether this incident will lead to any changes in how the US addresses these hostile groups and their actions.