UN Representative denounces that US hate speech against Cuba promotes terrorist acts against the island
New York, 7 July 2020. The United Nations held today the Panel 2. The Global Scourge of Terrorism: Assessment of High-Risk Threats and Trends, including the rise of Violent Extremism and Hate Speech in a Pandemic Environment, of the UN Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week; where Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations expressed her concern about the practice of some governments, such as the United States, of using hate and discrimination messages in their speech against nations whose political systems are not attuned with them. As a result, she added, extremist and unscrupulous individuals are encouraged to commit terrorist acts against innocent people.
The Cuban diplomat illustrated how the behavior of the government of the United States against Cuba promotes an aggressive and hateful policy and speech. She referred to how in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington has launched a smear campaign against the Cuban international medical cooperation, which spurs violence against the Cuban health personnel working abroad. She gave examples of how there is evidence of the involvement of US government officials in violent actions against Cuban health professionals in Bolivia.
On the other hand, she added that the terrorist act against the Cuban Embassy in Washington is also a direct result of the permanent incitement to violence by US politicians, including senior officials from the State Department and the US Embassy in Havana, and extremist anti-Cuban groups that have made such attacks their means of living.
The Cuban diplomat stated that said terrorist act against Cuba has brought about threats against the integrity of Cuban officials and embassies in the United States itself, as well as in Mexico, Costa Rica, Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Austria, Angola, Iran, Cyprus and the Permanent Mission of Cuba to UNESCO in Paris, all of which have been notified to the relevant governments.
(CubaMINREX / Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations)