Answer attacks on Cuban Embassy with more solidarity — Cuba saves lives

Cuba releases photos of bullet-riddled D.C. embassy. Photo: © Twitter / Cancillería de Cuba / CubaMINREX

Shots were fired at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., in the early hours of April 30. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla reported by tweet this morning that “mission staff was not injured and is safe. Investigation is in progress.” Rodríguez Parilla emphasized, “It is the responsibility of States to protect diplomats accredited to them and their facilities.”

This attack comes just the morning after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other administration officials made public statements vilifying Cuba’s humanitarian international medical missions. 

Behind the scenes, U.S. diplomatic arm twisting has failed to block requests for Cuban medical assistance. In frustration, Pompeo singled out Qatar, and South Africa welcoming its second brigade. 

There are now more than 20 countries with Cuban medical professionals helping to fight COVID-19, plus even more countries requesting Cuba’s Interferon Afa-2b Recombinant. A #SavingLives campaign is growing in the U.S., too, advocating U.S.-Cuba-Canada Collaboration in Fighting COVID-19, including clinical trials for Cuban interferon.  

On April 3, the Associated Press quoted Andorran Foreign Minister María Ubach about welcoming Cuban medical internationalists to the tiny country on the border of France and Spain:  “I am aware of the position of the United States, but we are a sovereign country and we can choose the partners with which we are going to have cooperation.” reported that an individual arrested at the scene is facing “charges of being in possession of an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition, assault with the intent to kill, and possession of a high-capacity feed device.”

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