Despacito singers denounce use of song by Venezuelan government

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"Radio airwaves are but one of the many channels through which the public, especially the younger generation, hear those songs", Salleh told Free Malaysia Today.

"Despacito", the worldwide hit from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee which just last week was touted as the most-streamed song to date, has now become the subject of a surprise appropriation by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Nicolas Maduro, the power-hungry left-wing president of Venezuela, broadcast a parody of "Despacito" at a rally this week to drum up support for his proposed rewrite to the nation's constitution, which would effectively install him as dictator of the struggling Latin American nation.

He presented the reworked version of the song during his weekly television show on 23 July.

Salleh Said Keruak, communications and multimedia minister, told AFP that his ministry received numerous complaints over the steamy lyrics of the reggaeton beat song that has won global popularity.

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"At no time have I been consulted, nor have I authorised the use or change of Despacito's lyrics for political purposes, much less in the deplorable situation that a country that I love as much as Venezuela is in", reads a statement posted in Spanish on the Puerto Rican star's Instagram page. He continued: "My music is for all of those who want to listen and enjoy it, not to use as propaganda for those who try to manipulate the will of the people, who are crying out for their freedom and a better future". He captioned the picture, saying: "That you illegally appropriate a song [Despacito] does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela".

98 percent of respondents to a recent poll said they opposed the constitutional assembly, which would have the power to dissolve the National Assembly.

It's been more than three months since the protests began in the country.

The plans for the constituent assembly have been criticized by world leaders and US President Donald Trump has warned that if the elections happen, there will be economic sanctions.

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