The fight for a free Venezuela continues as more artists join the cause on social media.
On Jan. 23, 2019, Juan Guaidó took a public oath to serve as interim President of Venezuela in a challenge to President Nicolas Maduro. In January, Maduro was inaugurated for a new six-year term after an election that many say was illegitimate because his main opponents were barred from running, Billboard previously reported. The country has been suffering from a severe economic crisis with widespread shortages of basic goods.
The interim president has since been recognized by many governments across the world, including major European nations, urging him to hold free and fair elections, according to CNN.
On Monday (Feb. 4), British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt tweeted: “Nicolas Maduro has not called Presidential elections within 8-day limit we have set. So the UK alongside European allies now recognizes @jguaido as interim constitutional president until credible elections can be held. Let’s hope this takes us closer to ending the humanitarian crisis.”
Using their platform to stand in solidarity with the South American country and their Venezuelan fans and colleagues, artists such as Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Luis Fonsi, and J Balvin released a one-minute video with a message of hope and unity. Other artists, such as Natti Natasha, Don Omar, and Nacho, who’s a proud Venezuelan, also continue to show their love and support through social media.
See the posts below:
#tbt Cantando “Latinoamérica” en los Grammys con Puerto Rico en el pecho, y los jóvenes de la Orquesta Simón Bolívar llevaban a Venezuela en el corazón • Performing “Latinoamérica” with Puerto Rico on my chest and the young musicians from the Simon Bolivar Orchestra had Venezuela on their heart———-