Official Note: Radio Martí provokes serious incident at Mexican embassy
ON the evening of Wednesday, February 27, an incident took place
at the Mexican embassy in Cuba, when a group of lumpen and
antisocial elements tried to force their way into that diplomatic
headquarters, located in the Miramar district of Havana, and were
able to partially enter.
Starting in the afternoon, several dozen people had been loitering in
the area nearby the embassy and later dispersed. That night, at
approximately 9:30 p.m., several apparently coordinated groups
moved toward the embassy between 12th and 14th Streets.
Minutes later, about 20 individuals who had taken over a bus on 10th
Street, between 5th and 7th Avenues in Miramar, drove the car at
full speed along 12th Street, smashed the vehicle into the embassy
and went inside the building. Meanwhile, those arriving on foot tried
to enter through the gap opened by the bus, but they were impeded
by a detachment of 40 men from the Specialized Police in Playa
municipality, sent to the scene as soon as there were indications of
an abnormal situation at the embassy.
What happened? What was the immediate and direct cause of these
On the night of Tuesday, February 26, Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge
Castañeda, while inaugurating the Cultural Institute of Mexico in
Miami, stated – according to a wire story released by the EFE news
agency early yesterday morning – "This cultural institute belongs to
all Mexicans, all Latin Americans and naturally, all Cuban-Americans."
He invited the Latin American community of Miami, especially the
Cuban community, to consider that institution their home, EFE
According to ANSA news agency, Castañeda added, "The doors of
the Mexican embassy in Havana are open to all Cuban citizens, as is
These words, spoken on the night before the incident by Mr.
Castañeda, were immediately picked up and cynically manipulated by
the improperly named Radio Martí.
At 7:31 the next morning, that radio station broadcast the following
news item in a spectacular manner: "Foreign Minister Jorge
Castañeda reiterated in Miami that the doors of his country’s
embassy in Havana are open to all Cuban citizens, as is Mexico."
The radio station added that the Mexican foreign minister had also
voiced that position after returning to Mexico from his visit to Cuba:
"Mexico’s relations with the Cuban Revolution have ceased to exist,
and have begun with the Republic of Cuba." This phrase was framed
in such a way that it could be interpreted that diplomatic relations
between Mexico and Cuba had just been broken.
This news was rebroadcast constantly throughout the day: at 8:33
a.m., 9:00 a.m., 9:32 a.m., 10:31 a.m., 4:04 p.m., 6:07 p.m. and
8:01 p.m. In all, the false and treacherous news item went on the air
eight times. It was an open call to occupy the Mexican embassy in
Incited by mercenary elements who in Cuba act at the service of the
United States, common criminals and lumpenproletariat encouraged
by the murderous Cuban Adjustment Act immediately saw the
possibility of taking advantage of Castañeda’s invitation, as they
interpreted it, to force their way into the Mexican embassy and travel
to the United States.
This is a vulgar provocation openly organized by an official radio
station of the U.S. government.
February 28, 2002