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Luis Fonsi And Daddy Yankee Want Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro To Stop Using ‘Despacito’

This week, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Erika Ender, a co-writer for “Despacito,” all protested the use of their hit song for being remixed as political propaganda. The creators of the song made it specifically clear that they didn’t want the song to be used for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s political purposes. The country, which is struggling economically, has gone through several protests that have claimed the lives of over 100 people.

The song, which has remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks running, was recently used by Venezuelan President Maduro to push his political agenda.

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Not only is the song stomping over its initial jovial message of love, it also sounds pretty awful.

Luis Fonsi made his discontent clear, posting this message about the song being used for political manipulation.

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In this post from his Instagram this week, Luis Fonsi, denounced the use of his song for political gain, especially in the case of Venezuela which, as he says, is screaming for its freedom.

“I have repeatedly said how much I enjoy the versions that have come out of ‘Despacito’ worldwide, however I think there should be a limit.

At no time have I been consulted, nor have I authorized the use or change of lyrics of ‘Despacito’ for political purposes, much less amid the deplorable situation in a country that I love as much as #Venezuela.

My music is for all those who want to listen to it and enjoy it, not to use it as propaganda that tries to manipulate the will of a people who are crying out for their freedom and a better future. #SosVenezuela #ImWithVenezuela”

Daddy Yankee didn’t mince words, saying exactly how he felt about Maduro.

Yankee called Maduro out as a dictator and criminal and joined in on his co-author’s sentiments.

“What can you expect? Of a person who has stolen so many lives from young dreamers, and of people who all they are looking for is a better future for their children. That you illegally appropriated a song (Despacito), does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela. It is a mockery, not only for my Venezuelan brothers, but for the whole world your dictatorial regime. With that nefarious marketing plan, you will only continue to highlight your fascist ideals, which have killed hundreds of heroes and injured more than 2,000. As co-author of the song, I also join the expressions of the co-author of the song “Despacito” @ErikaEnder #NotApproved #EnoughAlready #FreeVenezuela ??”

Erika Ender, co-author of the song, was also vocal about Maduro’s use of the song.

Co-author Erika Ender made an impassioned statement, disavowing the use of the song as a tool for the regime.

“I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS. I can not see so much pain in people I love so much. Warrior people, people with iron will… Good people, who are fighting for freedom of rights and expression… I love Venezuela, a land that has given me true brothers in my heart. Brothers who suffer because of the situation that exists. Seeing that a song, which I have co-authorship of, is being used without permission to advertise campaigns linked to a regime that has a country unhappy and suffering, and far from rejoicing, I am indignant and I DO NOT APPROVE its use. #ErikaEnder”

Maduro’s version of the song is to promote Maduro calling for a July 30th vote to elect a Constituent Assembly, which the opposition is already planning on demonstrating against in protests which are expected to turn again turn violent.

An unfortunate turn for a song about dancing, the beach, and love.


[H/T] Billboard

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The US, Colombia Deny Any Involvement In What Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Calls Failed Invasion

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The US, Colombia Deny Any Involvement In What Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Calls Failed Invasion

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused both the U.S. and Colombian governments of trying to stage an invasion. President Maduro accused made the accusations towards the beginning of May when two Americans were arrested with a group of other people.

Both the U.S. and Colombia have denied any report of an attempted coup on Venezuela.

On May 3, a group of Venezuelan rebels and two Americans allegedly began a coup attempt in Venezuela. They began on the northern tip of the country and reportedly had plans to take control of Maracaibo and Caracas. They were all immediately captured and 8 Venezuelans in the group were killed during the conflict.

According to the Daily Mail, Jordan Goudreau, 43, was involved with the coup and told a close friend about it. It is alleged that Goudreau bragged about having a contract with the U.S. government to protect oil interests in Venezuela.

The mercenaries behind the attempted coup claim to have done security for a President Trump rally in 2018.

Goudreau, who has been described as the mastermind of the coup attempt, owns the security company Silvercorp. An old Instagram post shows the Florida-based company running security for a Trump rally back in 2018. The company has since deleted the Instagram posts after news broke about their failed attempt to train Venezuelan rebels and capture the South American country.

“He came out to Colorado,” Drew White, Goudreau’s former business partner told Daily Mail. “He said he had a deal from the State Department to protect oil interests in Venezuela. He was saying it was handed to him directly. He was saying it was directed and passed down by the State Department, that it was a legitimate operation and they also had some private funding backing, which isn’t unusual with these kinds of things. Essentially he was like, ‘We’re going to topple Maduro.’ At that point I was like, ‘This doesn’t seem legitimate” and we broke ways.”

Goudreau claims that the Trump administration and Venezuelan resistance leader Juan Guaidó green-lit the operation.

The U.S. and Venezuela have had a contentious relationship over the past few years. The political unrest in Venezuela has continued to draw criticism from the international community as Venezuelans have protested for a new leader. When the relationship with Trump soured, Maduro began to claim that the U.S. was attempting to overthrow the government.

Both the U.S. and Colombian governments have denied any involvement in the alleged coup.

Reports state that the group of men attempting to topple the Venezuelan government did nothing to hide their plan. The security group was tweeting their plans to the open-world alerting anyone with a Twitter account to their plans. SilverCorp USA has since deleted their Twitter account. Experts and officials have decisively denied any collaboration between the mercenaries and the two governments.

“There is no way that I can see any kind of U.S. involvement,” Fernando Cutz, who served as a Latin America adviser on the National Security Council under both Obama and Trump, told the Huffington Post. “There were no logistics, the numbers were a joke, they clearly didn’t have any intel. A group of high schoolers would have done a better job.”

Social media has spent time dragging the security company over its failed coup attempt.

There is still a lot of speculation swirling around the “coup.” However, Goudreau’s friend is pretty sure that the missions was not as official as Goudreau claims.

“He’s a good man,” White told Daily Mail. “He was the best man at my wedding. We have a lot of history together and it never seemed like he was lying like that. But once you started looking at it, none of it really added up. He kept asking to meet with people for funding. But typically with a State Department contract, the funding is shored up. You might have some private entities helping here and there. But it was pretty obvious that it was not a state-sanctioned activity.”

READ: Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

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Venezuela’s President Maduro And Opposition Leader Guaidó Are Allegedly In Secret Talks And The World Wants To Know The Details

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Despite a global pandemic – or maybe because of it – Venezuela’s two governments are holding high-level talks, according to several sources – as reported by Reuters.

The breaking development comes as the U.S. ratchets up pressure on the Venezuela and a growing number of countries now recognize the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

The two sides are discussing everything from the Coronavirus pandemic to fuel shortages and hyperinflation.

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According to a report by Reuters, the two sides have come together to discuss a variety of issues despite a growing bitterness between the two leaders.

Obviously, Venezuela faces ongoing crises but the global health pandemic has heightened fears within the country of all out chaos. The country is barely equipped to handle normal, everyday health emergencies let alone a global pandemic.

The U.S. and its international allies have also tightened the already unprecented sanctions on the country and has issued an arrest warrant for Maduro. Many within the government, according to sources, say this has motivated them to seek political survival under a possible change of government.

Other than the Coronavirus and ongoing domestic economic issues, the talks are said to have no clear agenda.

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It’s not entirely certain what either side is hoping to achieve with these talks. “There are two extremes: Maduro and those who believe that the virus will end Guaido’s leadership, and those on the other side (who) hope this crisis will bring down Maduro,” said an opposition legislator in favor of the discussions.

Maduro and Guaidó are competing with one another to help combat the effects of the pandemic, with each side convinced the outbreak will undermine the other politically. But it remains to be seen which side will come out ahead given the vacuum of leadership and the growing crisis everyday Venezuelans face.

Activists and rights groups around the world have urged the two factions to seek a truce in order to coordinate the delivery of aid and boost gasoline imports.

Meanwhile, the United States has put ‘maximum pressure’ on the Maduro regime to try and force a change of government.

The US state department in March offered to begin lifting parts of the sanctions if members of the Socialist party formed an interim government without Maduro, a plan backed by Guaidó but quickly shot down by the government.

The U.S. has also issued an international arrest warrant for Maduro – accusing him of drug trafficking and money laundering. This allegedly has members of his government looking for an exit strategy.

Venezuela has so far escaped the worst effects of the Coronavirus.

Venezuela is particularly vulnerable to the wider effects of the pandemic because of its ongoing socioeconomic and political crisis causing massive shortages of food staples and basic necessities, including medical supplies. The mass emigration of Venezuelan doctors has also caused chronic staff shortages in hospitals.

So far, the country has seen just 311 confirmed cases and 10 deaths related to the virus – but these numbers are suspected to be unreliable because of a lack of testing in the country.

Maduro has reacted to the pandemic by reversing his opposition to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and asking for $5 billion in international aid to help his government combat the virus. The county has also suspended all international flights and borders between Venezuela and Colombia and Brazil have been closed since mid-March.