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Despacito singers slam Venezuelan president for using altered version of song

26 Juillet 2017

Washington D.C.: Luis Fonsi, singer of global hit ' Despacito', has condemned Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro for presenting an altered version of the song during his weekly television show.

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela has been trying to create a new constitution that would effectively establish a dictatorship in the country.

The opposition plans to hold protests ahead of the Constitutional Assembly elections set for July 30 and aimed to rewrite the country's constitution in order to find a way out of the political crisis which started in January 2016 with the election of a new legislature.

"My music is for all those who want to listen to it and enjoy it, not to be used as propaganda that tries to manipulate the will of a people who are crying out for their freedom", he continued. "USA citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests", the statement released by the embassy said. That you illegally appropriated a song (Despacito), does not compare with the crime you commit and have committed in Venezuela.

Last week record label Universal Music Latin Entertainment said "Despacito" in its original and remixed versions had reached 4.6 billion streams across platforms including YouTube and Spotify, making it the most streamed song of all time.

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"Des-paaaa-ci-to, cast your ballot instead of bullets, go with your ideas always in peace and calm, and may hope shine in your soul", sang the chorus.

"It is a mockery, not only for my Venezuelan brothers and sisters, but for the whole world its dictatorial regime".

"What do you think, eh?" the grinning president asked the crowd.

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 song has also been credited with a rise in tourism to Puerto Rico, the country name checked in the song, and where Fonsi comes from.

Despacito singers slam Venezuelan president for using altered version of song