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Cuba blames US for Molotov cocktail attack at Paris embassy

HAVANA: Cuba condemned the attack on its embassy in Paris on Monday as a “terrorist attack” encouraged by the United States after the building was bombarded with Molotov cocktails.

Firefighters in the French capital said two incendiary devices were thrown at a delegation in the city’s 15th arrondissement, causing minor damage.

“We condemn the terrorist attack using the Molotov cocktail against our embassy in Paris @EmbaCubaFrancia,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter.

“I believe the US government is responsible for its ongoing campaigns against our country that encourage this behavior and for its calls for unpunished violence from its territory,” he tweeted.

Firefighters said they were alerted to the attack after midnight and “the devices that caused minor damage were extinguished before (the firefighters) arrived.”

The police did not immediately provide additional information.

Three Molotov cocktails – two of which reached the front of the embassy and the other – all the way to the building – hit the building at 11:45 a.m. and set off a fire that was quickly extinguished by mission officials, according to the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Pro-and-anti-Cuban protesters took to the streets in cities around the world this weekend and Monday, coinciding with the July 26 national day celebrations and just two weeks after anti-government protests erupted across the island nation.

About two dozen countries, including Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, on Monday joined US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in calling on the Cuban government to “respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the Cuban people” and “release those detained for exercising their right to peaceful protest.”

“The statements of the US Secretary of State are based on the support of a handful of countries that were forced to accept his decrees,” Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez said in a separate tweet.

“#Cuba is counting on the support of 184 countries all calling for #EndTheEmbargo,” Rodriguez said, referring to longstanding United States government sanctions that have been in place since 1962. AFP

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