11 Bombings in Los Angeles During Fidel Castro Days
In the wake of the big Fidel Castro seemingly-non-news of him stepping down as president (meanwhile the US recently bombed Pakistan without notice or permission), it's interesting to look back at the impact of the man on Los Angeles. The divide between those who wanted to work with Castro's Cuban government and those who vehemently opposed it led to violence -- eleven such terrorism incidents occurred in the Los Angeles area alone according to Cuban Information Archives, a site dedicated to "source materials pertaining to Cuban Exile activities as they pertain to their struggle to wrestle Cuba from Fidel Castro."
As bombings hit New York City and Miami, the summer of 1968 saw three bombings in Los Angeles itself. An LA Times headline on July 20 of that year read "5 Bomb Blasts Set Off in L.A. by Terrorists: Police Weigh Link With Anti-Castroite Explosions in East." Another headline 11 days later read "Bomb Rips Corridor in Building Housing L.A. British Consulate :Furnishings of Envoy's Office on Wilshire Blvd. Damaged by Explosion; Police Seek Pair of Suspects in Red Auto CONSULATE BLAST"
The Cuban Information Files cite that the Los Angeles-based Cuban Action Commandos were "believed to have been responsible for numerous bombings of consulates of countries deemed friendly to Castro's Cuba. Active in the late 1960's, many of its members were imprisoned. Particularly active in 1975, this group also directs its attacks against left-wing bookstores." Below is a list of the 11 bombings in Los Angeles, including one in Santa Monica.