'Despacito' singers slam Venezuelan leader Maduro's campaign remix

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 26, 2017

In an Instagram post, Daddy Yankee, a Puerto Rican reggaetón star, shared a news story about Maduro with a big red cross drawn across it and accused the Venezuelan leader of using the song without permission.

His co-singer on the hit, Luis Fonsi, issued a statement saying that "at no time was I consulted, nor did I authorise, the use or changes of the lyrics of Despacito for political ends".

Venezuela is less than a week from the vote called by President Nicolas Maduro to elect for members of a constituent assembly that would start redrafting the country's constitution - a move widely criticised as an attempt to expand government's power while disempowering citizens. 2017's song of the summer, it's also the most streamed song of all time, racking up 4.6 billion plays.

The president was seen clapping along to the remix, as his audience danced. "Despacito!" the new version of the song goes. The song is now one of the most popular on YouTube and last month, it reached two billion views.

He added that, while online there were now various versions of the tune - one remix of which features vocals by Justin Bieber - "there has to be a limit". More than 90 people have lost their lives so far, while more than 3,000 have been arrested. That's when Venezuelans will decide who will represent them in the country's Constituent Assembly and eventually rewrite the constitution.

Protests intensified in May after Maduro called for a rewrite of the country's constitution in a bid to control the ongoing protests against his government.

The U.S. has also expressed concern over the assembly, with President Donald Trump claiming that America "will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles", and promised to impose "swift economic actions" on Venezuela should Maduro not listen to his people.

Maduro is pressing forward with his pledge to hold a July 30 election to select delegates to a special assembly that will be tasked with rewriting the troubled nation's constitution despite worldwide outcry and a protest movement that has left at least 97 dead. The opposition to Maduro is organizing a national strike to take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week before another round of mass protests on Friday.

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