Cuban American musician Pitbull on Wednesday called the ongoing anti-government protests in Cuba a “world event," saying demonstrators there need support.
“This is a message to the world. We need to stand up, step up, but if you don't understand what's going on and you need to wake the f--- up,” Pitbull, who was born Armando Christian Pérez, said in a message posted on social media. “This isn't about politics, this is about saving lives. This is about unity, not division, and bottom line is about taking action.”
"Not only is this a Cuban event, Cuba thing — this is a world event," he added.
The “Timber” singer shared his frustration with not being able to help Cubans by providing food, water or medicine, saying “his people” deserve freedom.
“And it gets me hot, it bothers me, it frustrates me to a certain extent, being a Cuban American and having a platform to speak to the world and not being able to help my own people, not being able to get them food, not being able to get them water, not being able to get the medicine,” Pitbull said. "But most of all, not being able to help, and really get them what they deserve ... which is freedom.”
He added, "So to everybody out there, stand up, step up, if you don't understand, Get with the motherf------ program, and wake up.”
At least one person has died and 100 others were arrested over the weekend amid demonstrations in protest of Cuba's Communist government.
In the days since, multiple pro-Cuban protests have been held elsewhere, including South Florida.