Juanes Defends Colombian Peace Treaty Position, Says Don't Believe Faked Photos
Juanes isn't letting anyone put words in his mouth, especially when it comes to political issues in his native Colombia.
The "Una flor" singer took to Twitter to condemn the digital manipulation of his image in which he appears to be wearing a t-shirt that reads, "I want peace. You? Vote 'no'," insinuating he doesn't agree with the cease fire agreement signed by the Colombian government and the rebel group FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia ) in June.
"If you know me well, you know I would never support anything like this. This image is a blatant photoshop," tweeted Juanes, who last month said "growing up means changing" hashtagging "last day of war" when the peace agreement news was announced.
Si tú me conocieras bien, sabrías que jamás apoyaría algo como esto. Esta imagen es un montaje descarado. pic.twitter.com/BYUooR1vhS— JUANES (@juanes) July 26, 2016
He then went on to tweet, "My dream has always been and will always be to have an inclusive Colombia. I will do anything to have peace. I won't let anyone manipulate my feelings or opinions about my country. I've always thought that talking and having discussions is better than having war. Haven't there been enough deaths? I am not part of any political group, and I'm nobody's puppet. I can decide on my own. No one owns peace. Peace is for everyone and everyone can have it if they want it."
After receiving backlash from some fans who said he was being bought out by a political party or criticized him for not living in Colombia, the chart-topping artist said "I'm here in Medellín, and I was here last week. It's more beautiful than ever. No one is paying me to say anything this is the way I think."
Adding: "The agreement with the FARC is just a step more. Way better to see them fight with Congress than out in the fields with rifles."
Por eso el acuerdo con las FARC es solo un paso más. Mil veces mejor verlos pelearse en el congreso, que con fusiles en el campo.— JUANES (@juanes) July 26, 2016
The peace treaty, which has been in negotiations in Cuba since 2012, aims to end a civil war that that has left more than 200,000 people dead.