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Pitbull, a Cuban-American pop star and entrepreneur, took to social media yesterday to urge wealthy Americans, notably former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, to help provide some form of aid to the thousands of Cubans protesting their government.
Protests have filled the streets of Cuba as residents sought to bring accountability to the country’s human rights violations. Pitbull responded by making an impassioned plea for help in a Twitter video.
“This is a message to the world. We need to stand up, step up, but if you don’t understand what’s going on, then you need to wake the f**k up,” Pitbull said. “Not only is this a Cuba event, a Cuba thing, this is a world event. This isn’t about politics, this is about saving lives. This is about unity, not division. And bottom line is this is about taking action.”
Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez, expressed his dissatisfaction with “not being to help my own people,” adding that business leaders are in a better position to help Cubans.
“All world allies get together to help. Global businesses get together to help,” he said. “People that we’re so proud of people such as Jeff Bezos —Cuban-American — graduated from a high school in Miami, built one of the biggest companies in the world, the richest man in the world. He’s somebody that can get involved and really help us.”
Bezos himself was a child of a Cuban immigrant, Miguel Bezos, and was adopted by Bezos at the age of four. Bezos’ stepfather immigrated to the United States after fleeing post-revolutionary Cuba, along with over 14,000 other minors brought to the country through Operation Pedro Pan, a program organized by the Catholic Church with the assistance of the United States government.
The rapper concludes his video by reminding others that … “this is about freedom and its about human rights. And to everybody in Cuba, keep the fight up.” He then addresses his audience in Spanish.
CUBA- Moment when Castroist police invaded the house of rapper El Invasor. pic.twitter.com/L49rA15EHe
— nerd (@nerd_hawk) July 15, 2021
A video on Twitter shows the moment “Castroist police” come into the home of Cuban rapper El Invasor and arrest him. He and many others are being held or serving sentences for speaking out for freedom and liberty.
Republicans, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, have expressed concern that the Cuban government will begin to encourage mass migration to the United States in the same way that it did in 1994 when the country last saw large-scale protests.
“Now, I know this is a very colloquial Cuban way of expressing it, but this is incredibly powerful. The people in Cuba understood what that means. And that means that all this ideology, all the stuff they talk about, these lies with the regime that worked out well for them — people don’t believe it anymore. Meanwhile, their lives are ruined. Young people in Cuba, artists in Cuba… realize that the only country on this planet where Cubans are not successful is Cuba, and they’re tired of it. And we should stand with them.
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