Singer Gloria Estefan is now calling on the U.S. government to come out in full support of Cuba’s pro-democracy protesters and condemn the communist government of the island nation.
Estefan has made her support of the people protesting in Cuba quite clear in a series of social media posts. However, over the weekend, the singer decided to take her pleas over to the traditional media, asking the leaders of the world, specifically the United States, to get involved in the situation.
On Friday, the Cuban-born lead singer of Miami Sound Machine posted an impassioned statement on Instagram asking the U.N. and the American government to come to the aid of the Cuban people.
“My heart hurts for the Cuban people on the island & what they’ve already gone through for over 62 years,” Estefan stated, going on to add, “But now they are saying ENOUGH despite the beatings, the murders & incarcerations, the abuses of power, the starvation & the attempted destruction of their spirits! They need our support & that of the democratic & free countries of the world. The United Nations &, very especially, the United States, must strongly condemn the repressive & violent measures being taken by the Cuban government against their own people! Spread the images, spread the word!”
That same day, Estefan, who immigrated from Cuba when she was two years old, told Reuters, “I call on the United Nations to condemn the Cuban government and their tactics against their own people, that they’re using violence, that people are disappearing, that they’ve killed people.”
Then, in an interview with CBS’s Miami affiliate, WFOR-TV, on Monday morning, Estefan outlined the situation in Cuba, pointing out that, contra statements from Black Lives Matter and other left-wing political groups in the U.S., the Cuban people see nothing noble about their communist government.
“The young people of Cuba have had it now,” the 63-year-old went on to say during the interview. “They don’t have any romantic ties to the revolution, or anything that may have happened 62 years ago. They’re hungry, they feel hopeless, they’re being jailed. They’re being tortured and it’s being hidden. People are dying in the streets and in the hospitals. It’s dire and things are not going to go backwards. If the government of Cuba thinks that this is gonna go away, they’re sadly mistaken.”
Estefan then made the argument that free artistic expression is what has led to the current uprising in the country, saying, “It was started by directors, actors, musicians on the island as usual. Artists are the ones at the forefront of pushing the envelope with things. And even though they’ve been censored for years and weren’t allowed to press what they wanted to do because they will be jailed, they’ve had enough.”
“There was an envoy ordered to look at human rights abuses in Cuba. They did not allow them in. They don’t allow the Red Cross and they don’t accept help whenever there’s been a hurricane that the United States and other countries have sent or wanted to end, they refuse to take it,” she then said.
“I would like to see a peaceful transition. I would love to see that government realize that their days are numbered because, just as the music industry was forever changed with the advent of the internet and social media, Cuba is down that same course,” Estefan added.
There’s not likely going to be a lot of support coming for the protesters in the streets of Cuba, especially when it comes to the radical left in this country, because, well, the ideology of the left in the United States is pretty close to that of the communist government in that country.