The Cuban Embassy in Paris was attacked by a gasoline bomb | Daily Headlines European News
The Minister of Foreign Affairs accused the US government of “in response to our continuing campaign to encourage these actions.”
The Cuban Embassy in Paris stated that its building was attacked by gasoline bombs overnight, causing serious damage, but no diplomats were injured.
The embassy on Tuesday condemned the attack on its building in the 15th arrondissement of the French capital.
It did not specify who it believed was responsible for the incident, which occurred around midnight on Monday.
The International Press Center of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that three Molotov cocktails were thrown, two of which hit the embassy and caused a fire.
It added that Cuban diplomats put out the fire when French firefighters and police arrived at the scene.
French police did not immediately comment, but Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez blamed the incident on the United States.
He tweeted: “I think the US government is responsible for its continued campaigns against our country. These campaigns encourage these actions and call for violence with impunity on its territory.”
In the past three weeks, Cuban embassies in many cities around the world have been holding demonstrations against and supporting the Cuban government in response to the nationwide protests that broke out from July 11 to 12.
The rally was triggered by the severe economic crisis, the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and restrictions on civil liberties, prompting the communist country to restrict the use of social media and messaging platforms.
U.S. Secretary of State Blincoln and the foreign ministers of 20 other countries issued a joint statement Joint Statement Sunday condemned the mass arrests in Cuba and called for the full restoration of Internet access there.
Cuba accused Washington of instigating a social media campaign aimed at destabilizing the Caribbean country, which is experiencing a severe economic crisis exacerbated by COVID-19 and US sanctions.
Rodriguez said in another tweet that “the US Secretary of State’s statement is based on the support of a few countries that have been forced to accept his decree.”
“#Cuba needs the support of 184 countries, all of which call for #EndTheEmbargo,” he added, referring to the long-term sanctions imposed by the US government since 1962.