Pitbull, the Grammy-winning musician, took to Twitter on Wednesday to urge his 25 million followers to support the historic protests that have erupted in Cuba, which has been under communist rule for decades.
“We have to be creative, we have to find solutions while they are [anti-government protesters] losing their lives there, literally, for something that we wake up every day and enjoy, which is freedom, ”said the singer, who is Cuban-American and whose real name is Armando Christian Perez.
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He continued, “It’s not about politics, it’s about saving lives,” he said. “It’s about unity, not division, and the main thing is to act.”
Cuban authorities confirmed on Tuesday that one person has died during protests that have rocked the island in recent days protesting food shortages, high prices and other grievances against the government.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday acknowledged the shortcomings in his government’s handling of shortages and the neglect of certain sectors, but he urged Cubans not to act with hatred – a reference to violence during recent protests by street. It was seen as a radical departure from when he called on revolutionaries to take to the streets to counter Sunday’s protests.
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“We have to gain experience from the disturbances,” he said. “We must also do a critical analysis of our problems to act and overcome, and avoid their repetition.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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