May 20, 2024
Embassy of Cuba in Washington, DC.

On Sunday, September 24th, a would-be arsonist threw two Molotov cocktails at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC, in a blatant act of terrorism. There are no reports of death or injury, though the attack has undoubtedly raised tension among the embassy staff.

This attack is the second since the embassy first opened in 2015. In April 2020, a Cuban expatriate, Alexander Alazo, fired thirty-two rounds into the building with an AK-47 rifle. Though police later apprehended the attacker, the US State Department issued no statement condemning the attack.

The lack of response by the US government demonstrates their thinly veiled support for anti-communist terrorism by the US government. “The anti-Cuban groups resort to terrorism when feeling they enjoy impunity, something that Cuba has repeatedly warned the US authorities about,” says Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs.

We must not forget the direct role the US has played historically in sponsoring counterrevolutionary forces directed against the Cuban Revolution. Since the original closing of the embassy in 1961, the US Central Intelligence Agency has armed and trained hundreds of anti-communist and anti-Castro groups against Cuba. Must we even mention their outright military attacks, such as the Bay of Pigs Invasion?

The Communist Workers’ Platform condemns this act of terror as a manifestation of anti-communism, not only among US reactionaries but also of the bourgeois state itself, an attack against a system that threatens their legitimacy. Though only socialism-communism will bring an end to the depredations of imperialism, in the meantime, US communists must stand in defense of Cuba against the violent intent and criminal indifference of our government.

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