Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Don Omar, Yotuel, and others have voiced their solidarity with thousands of Cubans who took to the streets over the weekend to protest power outages and food and medicine shortages as COVID-19 cases are on the rise.
The rallies, which ended with several arrests, were in part set off by Cuba’s deteriorating economic situation that was intensified by the pandemic that’s cut off tourism dollars and has left people unable to work because of the COVID-imposed lockdown.
“Hey guys, there is a major crisis right now in Cuba and we need your help to spread awareness,” Cabello explained in a Twitter post on Sunday (July 11). “Deaths from COVID are rising rapidly and because of the lack of medicine, resources, basic necessities and even food many people are dying.”
Shouting “libertad” — or freedom — and calling for an end of the communist regime, the protestors marched through the capital of Havana and other cities in the island.
Over in Miami, Cuban artist Yotuel — who in the past has spoken out against the Cuban government — marched the streets of Little Havana alongside wife Beatriz Luengo. “Let’s support our people in Cuba,” the member of hip-hop group Orishas said on Instagram. “The dictatorship is ending. Cubanos, let’s take the streets. Cubanos, this is ‘patria y vida (country and life),'” which is a direct rebuke to Cuba’s official slogan — country or death.
See how Latin artists are using their platform to raise awareness about the situation in Cuba:
Hey guys, there is a major crisis right now in Cuba and we need your help to spread awareness. Deaths from COVID are rising rapidly and because of the lack of medicine, resources, basic necessities and even, food many people are dying. #SOSCuba pic.twitter.com/GQtZHiCSIA
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) July 11, 2021
🎶 Quiero mi 🇨🇺 Cuba libre! 🎶 El pueblo Cubano está desesperado! Estoy con ellos como siempre he estado! The Cuban people are reaching their breaking point! I stand with them as I always have! #SOSCuba https://t.co/ClQz0yH9OP
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) July 11, 2021
¡Mundo Cuba necesita de tu ayuda!
Cuba está muriendo ¡Salvemos a Cuba!
Barcos hospitales, insumos médicos, todo lo que tenga el mundo para ayudarnos por favor ¡lo necesitamos en las costas de Cuba
— Alexander GDZ (@alexander_gdz) July 10, 2021
— J BALVIN (@JBALVIN) July 11, 2021
— Becky G. (@iambeckyg) July 11, 2021