– Cuba denounces a “terrorist” attack on its embassy in Paris
French firefighters said molotov cocktails were thrown at the Cuban embassy in Paris overnight from Monday to Tuesday.
Cuba denounced Monday a “terrorist” attack using molotov cocktails on its embassy in Paris and blamed the United States for the incident. French firefighters said two incendiary devices were thrown at the Cuban diplomatic mission, located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, which suffered minor damage.
“We denounce a terrorist attack with molotov cocktails on our embassy in Paris @EmbaCubaFrancia,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said on Twitter. “I hold the American government responsible for these incessant campaigns against our country which encourage this behavior and calls for violence, with impunity, from its territory,” he added.
For their part, the French firefighters said they were alerted to the attack shortly after midnight and that “the two devices, which caused minor damage, were extinguished before their arrival”. The incident was not immediately claimed. According to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the attack occurred at 11:45 p.m. with three molotov cocktails and a burst of fire was extinguished by mission officials.
Over the weekend and Monday, protests for and against the Cuban government were organized in various capitals on the occasion of the July 26 national holiday, two weeks after the anti-government protests that rocked the island. These left one dead, wounded dozens and led to hundreds of arrests.
Some 20 countries, including Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, joined US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday in calling on the Cuban government to “respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the Cuban people” and to “liberate the detainees ”arrested on July 11 during the demonstrations.
The “statements by the US Secretary of State have the support of a handful of countries that have come under pressure to comply with his dictates,” Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said in another tweet. “#Cuba has the support of 184 nations who demand #EliminaElBloqueo,” Cuban Foreign Minister said in reference to US sanctions against the island.