Late Monday, a top Cuban official took to Twitter to report a Molotov cocktail attack on Havana’s embassy in Paris, blaming the US government for its rhetoric following the country’s historic protests.
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Three Molotov cocktails were thrown, and the building and two other buildings collided, causing a brief fire that was extinguished by diplomats, according to Cuba. Police and firefighters from France were dispatched to the scene.
Bruno Rodriguez, the foreign minister, blamed the attack on the U.S. government and its “continuous campaigns against our country that encourages these behaviours and for calls to violence, with impunity, from its territory.”
Since the protests began earlier this month, the Cuban government has blamed the United States. Havana initially blamed Washington for orchestrating the protests before criticizing the embargo, which they claim suffocates the Cuban economy.
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the “terrorist attack” and stating that “those directly responsible for these acts are those who incite violence and hatred against our country.”
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Denunciamos el ataque terrorista con cocteles molotov contra nuestra Embajada en París.
Los responsables directos de estos actos son quienes incitan a la violencia y al odio contra nuestro país.#NoAlTerrorismo pic.twitter.com/G7vQ5Tpflb
— Cancillería de Cuba (@CubaMINREX) July 27, 2021