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Issue #1915      May 18, 2020


Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has stressed the need to denounce the US government’s silencing of the terrorist attack committed in Washington DC against the Cuban Embassy.

On the morning of the 30th April, Cuban émigré Alexander Alazo opened fire on the embassy building from the street, firing thirty-two rounds with a semiautomatic rifle. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the building sustained significant damage. Alazo confessed to the Washington police that he had intended to kill.

This comes at a time when the Trump administration is continuing to ramp up its hostility against Cuba and other countries in the region such as Venezuela.

Immediately prior to the shooting, Alazo attempted to set fire to a Cuban flag which he had defaced with several phrases, including “Trump 2020.” However, he was unable to set it alight, as it was raining.

There has been no official denunciation of the violent attack by any relevant US government bodies. Instead, the limited statements by US government officials have focussed on the mental health of Alazo, portraying the incident as an isolated lone-wolf attack. This apathetic response would be unthinkable if such an attack had occurred against a US embassy in another country. Alazo was known to have been in contact with members of violent groups in Miami opposed to the Cuban government, which the US government has a long history of harbouring and supporting.

Many questions need to be asked:

  • Since Alazo did not have any history of mental illness or violence prior to moving to the US, what caused Alazo’s worsening mental state and proclivity to violence?
  • How was Alazo able to acquire the firearm, as records show he was in significant financial hardship?
  • Was Alazo pushed to carry out the attack by other individuals or groups, and what will the US authorities do about them?
  • The embassy is located on 16th Street NW, a central street in Washington DC which leads directly to the White House. How was Alazo able to carry out an armed attack so easily in such a sensitive location?
  • Why did the US State Department take five days to contact Cuban authorities regarding the incident?

Just a few days later on the 3rd and again on 4th May, two small groups of armed terrorists attempted to enter Venezuela from Colombia via speedboats. In both cases, they were quickly apprehended by Venezuelan authorities.

Amongst the terrorists, who were mostly deserters from the Venezuelan military, were two US citizens who were former US Special Forces soldiers: Airan Berry and Luke Denman.

The attack was organised by another retired US Special Forces veteran Jordan Goudreau, who now runs a private security firm based in Florida called Silvercorp USA, which has provided personal security services to Trump in the past, and provided security at the “Venezuela Live Aid” concert in Colombia, a propaganda event promoting another coup attempt in Venezuela last year.

Goudreau claims that he signed a contract with US-backed puppet leader Guaidó to the tune of over 212 million US dollars, but only ever received $50,000. Guaidó has denied this, but soon after the failure of the attacks, two advisors to Guaidó resigned from their posts. One of the two, the Miami-based Juan Jose Rendon, has publicly confirmed Goudreau’s claim.

When questioned about US involvement at a press conference, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied any involvement, and said, “If we’d have been involved, it would have gone differently.”

But whether or not there was direct US state involvement, US officials have shown through willingly irresponsible statements like this that they condone such attacks on their political enemies – and they have gone further than statements. The US$15 million bounty placed on President Maduro by the US State Department in March is another clear incitement to violence against Venezuela and other Latin American countries inconvenient to the US. The US also acts through their support for the right-wing Colombian government, which harbours the training camps for Guaidó’s terrorists.

The attack on the Cuban embassy and the attack on the Venezuelan coast are very different in form, but they are both products of the violent sentiment the US government has promoted against the socialist governments of Cuba and Venezuela and their peoples, which is only intensifying.

The Cuban and Venezuelan peoples, like all others, deserve peace and independence. But the current US regime has no interest in these principles.


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