On the night of September 24, 2023, there was a terrorist attack against the facilities of the Embassy of Cuba in the United States, when an individual threw two Molotov cocktails from the sidewalk on the perimeter fence of the installation, which impacted the front wall of that diplomatic mission. There was no damage to staff at that headquarters. At the request of the Cuban diplomatic mission, officers of the United States Secret Service went to the headquarters and had access to its facilities to verify the violent action perpetrated.
Anti-Cuban groups resort to terrorism in the face of the moral bankruptcy of their hatred of Cuba and the impunity they believe they enjoy. On a regular basis, in the official exchanges that the Embassy maintains with the Department of State, it has been warned that the permissive conduct of the law enforcement agencies of the United States in the face of violent actions can encourage the commission of acts of this nature.
It is the second violent attack on the diplomatic headquarters in Washington, since April 2020. On the night of that day, an individual of Cuban origin, standing in the middle of the street of the US capital and using an assault rifle, fired thirty cartridges at the building. Fortunately, there were no injuries to personnel inside the building on that occasion, but there was considerable material damage.
After three years, the perpetrator is still awaiting trial and the United States government has refused to classify the act as a terrorist act.
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations establishes as a special obligation of the United States, as a receiving State, to take all appropriate measures to protect the premises of the mission against intrusion or damage and to prevent the tranquillity of the mission from being disturbed or its dignity violated.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns this terrorist action and hopes that the Government of the United States will act in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, in the interest of preventing the repetition of these events.
It warns once again about the message that is being conveyed regarding the attitude of the US government in the face of threats of this type against the Cuban diplomatic headquarters, but also against those of other countries in the city of Washington D.C.
It also warns against the use with double standards of the alleged commitment of the US government against terrorism.
(With information from Cubaminrex)