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Cuban Music Icon Silvio Rodriguez Backs Venezuela Against Coup

  • Cuban musician Silvio Rodriguez performs during a concert in Havana September 10, 2010.

    Cuban musician Silvio Rodriguez performs during a concert in Havana September 10, 2010. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 February 2019

Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodriguez formed part of Latin America’s socially conscious Nueva trova songwriting movement in the 1960s.

Renowned Cuban singer and composer Silvio Rodriguez reflected on the situation in Venezuela on his Segunda Citablog, responding to a Venezuelan fan who was commenting about the "guarimberos" — the violent opponents to the government setting up barricades in the streets.

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The prolific musician, who has released more than 20 albums, started evoking the early years of the Cuban Revolution, when "the counter-revolution was putting bombs" and going out in the streets was "an adventure."

He recalled that one night at the cinema with his sister, a bomb exploded and broke all the windows nearby.

"In Cuba, we were lucky enough that most of the bourgeoisie left the island, thinking that the Revolution would last six months because the Americans would not allow it," he added, yet acknowledging the many assaults the new government had to face during about one decade. 

He also mentioned his brief encounter with former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when he recommended him not to repeat the errors of the Cuban Revolution — the radicalization that followed the assaults, taking control of all institutions in the country. although "it was a good thing then because we were in a war situation."

He concluded his message sending support to the Venezuelan people, encouraging them not to stop to fight for the "America that Bolivar and Marti, Fidel and Chavez had planned and that we need so badly." 

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