Anti-Cuba Terrorist Actions in Miami 1968-2000
1968: From MacArthur Causeway, terrorist Orlando Bosch fires a bazooka at a Polish freighter. (City of Miami later declares "Orlando Bosch Day." Federal agents jail him in 1988.)
1972: Julio Iglesias, performing at a local nightclub, says he wouldn't mind "singing in front of Cubans." Members of the audience erupt in anger. Singer requires police escort. Most radio stations drop Iglesias from their playlists. One that doesn't, Radio Alegre, receives bomb threats.
1974: Leader of Cuban-American group, José Elias de la Torriente, is murdered in his Coral Gables home after failing to carry out a planned invasion of Cuba.
1974: Bomb blast guts the office of the Spanish-language magazine Replica.
1974: Several small Cuban businesses, citing threats, stop selling Replica.
1974: Three bombs explode near a Spanish-language radio station.
1974: Hector Diaz Limonta and Arturo Rodriguez Vives are murdered in internecine Cuban-American power struggles.
1975: Luciano Nieves is murdered after advocating peaceful coexistence with Cuba.
1975: Another bomb damages Replica's office.
1976: Rolando Masferrer and Ramon Donestevez are murdered in internecine Cuban-American power struggles.
1976: Car bomb blows off legs of WQBA-AM news director Emilio Milian after he publicly condemns violence inside Cuban-American community.
1979: Cuban film Memories of Underdevelopment is interrupted by gunfire and physical violence instigated by two Cuban-American groups.
1979: Bomb is discovered at Padron Cigars, whose owner helped negotiate release of 3600 Cuban political prisoners.
1979: Bomb explodes at Padron Cigars.
1980: Another bomb explodes at Padron Cigars.
1980: Powerful anti-personnel bomb is discovered at American Airways Charter, which arranges flights to Cuba.
1981: Bomb explodes at Mexican Consulate on Brickell Avenue in protest of relations with Cuba.
1981: Replica's office is again damaged by a bomb.
1982: Two outlets of Hispania Interamericana, which ships medicine to Cuba, are attacked by gunfire.
1982: Bomb explodes at Venezuelan Consulate in downtown Miami in protest of relations with Cuba.
1982: Bomb is discovered at Nicaraguan Consulate.
1982: Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre defends $10,000 grant to commando group Alpha 66 by noting that the organization "has never been accused of terrorist activities inside the United States."
1983: Another bomb discovered at Replica.
1983: Another bomb explodes at Padron Cigars.
1983: Bomb explodes at Paradise International, which arranges travel to Cuba.
1983: Bomb explodes at Little Havana office of Continental National Bank, one of whose executives, Bernardo Benes, helped negotiate release of 3600 Cuban political prisoners.
1983: Miami City Commissioner Demetrio Perez seeks to honor terrorist Juan Felipe de la Cruz, accidentally killed while assembling a bomb. (Perez is now a member of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board and owner of the Lincoln-Martí private school where Elian Gonzalez was enrolled.)
1983: Gunfire shatters windows of three Little Havana businesses linked to Cuba.
1986: South Florida Peace Coalition members physically attacked in downtown Miami while demonstrating against Nicaraguan contra war.
1987: Bomb explodes at Cuba Envios, which ships packages to Cuba.
1987: Bomb explodes at Almacen El Español, which also ships packages.
1987: Bomb explodes at Cubanacan, yet another package sending company.
1987: Car belonging to Bay of Pigs veteran is firebombed.
1987: Bomb explodes at Machi Viajes a Cuba, which arranges travel to Cuba.
1987: Bomb explodes outside Va Cuba, which ships packages to Cuba.
1988: Bomb explodes at Miami Cuba, which ships medical supplies to Cuba.
1988: Bomb threat against Iberia Airlines in protest of Spain's relations with Cuba.
1988: Bomb explodes outside Cuban Museum of Art and Culture after auction of paintings by Cuban artists.
1988: Bomb explodes outside home of Maria Cristina Herrera, organizer of a conference on U.S.-Cuba relations.
1988: Bomb threat against WQBA-AM after commentator denounces Herrera bombing.
1988: Bomb threat at local office of Immigration and Naturalization Service in protest of terrorist Orlando Bosch being jailed.
1988: Bomb explodes near home of Griselda Hidalgo, advocate of unrestricted travel to Cuba.
1988: Bomb damages Bele Cuba Express, which ships packages to Cuba.
1989: Another bomb discovered at Almacen El Español, which ships packages to Cuba.
1989: Two bombs explode at Marazul Charters, which arranges travel to Cuba.
1990: Another, more powerful, bomb explodes outside the Cuban Museum of Art and Culture.
1991: Using crowbars and hammers, crowd rips out and urinates on Calle Ocho "Walk of Fame" star of Mexican actress Veronica Castro, who had visited Cuba.
1992: Union Radio employee is beaten and station vandalized by people looking for Francisco Aruca, who advocates an end to U.S. embargo.
1992: Cuban American National Foundation mounts campaign against the Miami Herald, whose executives then receive death threats and whose newsracks are defaced and smeared with feces.
1992: Americas Watch releases report stating that hard-line Cuban-Americans have created an environment in which "moderation can be a dangerous position."
1993: Inflamed by Radio Mambí commentator Armando Perez-Roura, Cuban-Americans physically assault demonstrators lawfully protesting against U.S. embargo. Two police officers were injured, sixteen arrests were made. Miami City Commissioner Miriam Alonso then seeks to silence anti-embargo demonstrators: "We have to look at the legalities of whether the City of Miami can prevent them from expressing themselves."
1994: Human Rights Watch/Americas Group issues report stating that Miami Cubans do not tolerate dissident opinions, that Spanish-language radio promotes aggression, and that local government leaders refuse to denounce acts of intimidation.
1994: Two firebombs explode at Replica magazine's office.
1994: Bomb threat to law office of Magda Montiel Davis following her videotaped exchange with Fidel Castro.
1996: Music promoter receives threatening calls, cancels local appearance of Cuba's La Orquesta Aragon.
1996: Patrons attending concert by Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba are physically assaulted by some 200 protesters.
1996: Firebomb explodes at Little Havana's Centro Vasco restaurant preceding concert by Cuban singer Rosita Fornes.
1996: Firebomb explodes at Marazul Charters, which arranges travel to Cuba.
1996: Arson committed at Tu Familia Shipping, which ships packages to Cuba.
1997: Bomb threats, death threats received by radio station WRTO-FM following its short-lived decision to include in its playlist songs by Cuban musicians.
1998: Bomb threat empties concert hall at MIDEM music conference during performance by 91-year-old Cuban musician Compay Segundo.
1998: Bomb threat is received by Amnesia nightclub in Miami Beach preceding performance by Cuban musician Orlando "Maraca" Valle.
1998: Firebomb explodes at Amnesia nightclub preceding performance by Cuban singer Manolín.
1999: Violent protest at Miami Arena performance of Cuban band Los Van Van leaves one person injured, eleven arrested.
1999: Bomb threat is received by Seville Hotel in Miami Beach preceding performance by Cuban singer Rosita Fornes. Hotel cancels concert.
2000: On January 26, outside Miami Beach home of Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, protester displays sign reading, "Stop the deaths at sea. Repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act." Protester is physically assaulted by crowd before police come to rescue.
2000: On April 11, outside home of Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives, radio talk show host Scot Piasant of Portland, Oregon, displays T-shirt reading, "Send the boy home" and "A father's rights," then gets physically assaulted by crowd before police come to rescue.
(Compilation based on article on the subject by the US publication Miami New Times)