Gloria Estefan is calling on the United States and other international democratic countries to help the Cuban people.
If you didn’t know, Cuba is currently going through its worst economic crisis in decades. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Havana to protest the power outages, the COVID-19 surge, and widespread shortages of food and basic goods.
Amid the unrest, the 63-year-old Cuban-born singer took to Instagram to urge the United Nations to get involved and help the Cuban people.
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“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,” Gloria wrote along with a video from the protests. “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.”
She continued, “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!”
Gloria‘s post echoes what she previously said in an interview with Reuters, in which she called on the United Nations to condemn the violence against the Cuban people.
“I call on the United Nations to condemn the Cuban government and their tactics against their own people, that they’re using violence, that people are disappearing, that they’ve killed people,” Gloria said.
She continued, “My hopes are that there are enough people in the police and in the military that’s going to start some kind of movement where they don’t repress the people, where they stand up for the people that they’re supposed to protect, instead of the government.”