Gloria Estefan has become the latest celebrity to speak out about the recent protests in Cuba.
Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in decades, along with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, while under US sanctions. Some protesters have demanded a change in the communist government, railing against the lack of food and other necessities.
On Friday, the three-time Grammy winner took to Instagram to call on the United States and other international democracies to help the Cuban people.
The Cuban-born pop star penned a passionate petition in both English and Spanish, accompanying a video of protesters taking to the streets in Cuba. Some video clips show people being arrested by the police and other acts of violence.
“My heart aches for the Cuban people on the island and they are already going through more than 62 years. … But now they are saying enough,” the singer wrote. “Despite beatings, killings and imprisonments, abuses of power, starvation and attempts to exterminate their souls! They need our support and the democratic and free countries of the world.”
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Star continued: “The United Nations and, in particular, the United States must strongly condemn the repressive and violent measures the Cuban government is taking against its own people! Spread the images, spread the word!”
Estefan’s words echo the words he said earlier in an interview lbl In which he called on the United Nations to specifically condemn violence against Cuban protesters.
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The “Turn the Beat Around” singer said, “I call on the United Nations to condemn their tactics against the Cuban government and their own people, that they are using violence, that people are disappearing, that they have killed people.”
Estefan said he hopes the police force and members of the military who are doing the government’s bidding will follow their conscience and protest.
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“My hope is that there are enough people in the police and military that are going to start some kind of movement where they don’t oppress the people, where they stand up for the people they should protect, instead the government, ‘ he told lbl.
The star joins fellow Cuban stars like Bella Thorne and Pitbull in calling on the United States to help the Cuban people.