The President (E) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, participated this Friday along with several Cuban musicians creators of the song ‘Patria y Vida’, artists and opponents of the Cuban dictatorship, in a virtual event with European parliamentarians to discuss the situation in Cuba and Venezuela.
The national president praised the cultural movement in Cuba that persists in its desire for freedom for that country. “The song offers a moral idea for the peoples fighting against authoritarian governments,” he added.
“Enough of calling us opposition, or even dissidence, we are the resounding majorities in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Belarus,” he added. “We are the peoples who come together because they want to be free, as the voices of the San Isidro Movement do at this time and as emblematic as ‘Homeland and Life’ has become,” he said.
The song, performed by some of the most popular Cuban musicians inside and outside the island, calls for “a change for a Cuba that is drowning”, said Yotuel Romero, one of the authors of the song that already has more than two million views on YouTube and has generated headlines around the world.
“It is time that they let us have our voice, that you are not condemned into exile for thinking differently,” said Randy Malcom, one of the singers of the reggaeton duo ‘Gente de Zona’, also an interpreter of the song. “This song has taken fear away from all of us,” he said.
The event coincided with an official round of dialogues on human rights between Cuba and the European Union. Several European parliamentarians expressed messages of support for the testimonies of the participants who have been attacked, persecuted and have had to go into exile fleeing the dictatorship.