Cuban-born pop singer Gloria Estefan called on the U.S. and the United Nations to take action against the Cuban government following recent protests in the country.
“My heart hurts for the Cuban people on the island & what they’ve already gone through for over 62 years…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,” Estefan wrote on Instagram in both English and Spanish.
“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!” she added.
The three-time Grammy winner is the latest of several celebrities to draw attention to protests that started earlier this month. The protests come amid a coronavirus pandemic that has hurt Cuba’s tourism industry as well as ongoing U.S. sanctions. Increased inflation, power outages and shortages of critical supplies of medicine and food have exacerbated the situation.
The protests are some of the largest in decades, and there are hopes that they could lead to meaningful regime change.
Last week, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel blamed the U.S. embargo for “politics of economic asphyxiation,” which he said was having a “cumulative effect” on the country, NBC News reported.
Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France Oversight Republicans seek testimony from Afghanistan watchdog France cancels DC gala in anger over Biden sub deal: report MORE has denied claims that the protests are “a result or product of anything the United States has done.”
“I think it would be a grievous mistake for the Cuban regime to interpret what is happening in dozens of towns and cities across the island as a result or product of anything the United States has done,” Blinken said.