From Cuba, a cantata of solidarity and hope for Chile

Havana, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) A call for solidarity with the Chilean people and to condemn repression was the aim of a cantata held by Cuban and Chilean singer-songwriters.

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) hosted the event, in which Cuban artists Raul Torres, Juan Carlos Perez and Angel Quintero, and Chilean singer-songwriter Carlos Orlando Aire Moreno, known as ‘Tato Aire’, took part.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Aire Moreno noted the need for an event like this and highlighted the immediate response from Cuban singer-songwriters to accompany him to support Chile and strongly condemn the repression unleashed by the Sebastian Piñera government.

‘One of the things that I like to highlight most is the attitude of young people, a very brave attitude, and I believe it has been like never before. I have never seen youths like these. I remember that when I was young, we used to do these things, but the violence we are seeing now has surpassed the dimension of repression,’ he added.

Aire Moreno condemned the human rights violations ‘by those who questioned Venezuela and Cuba and today are the first violators and the greatest assassins.’

During the cantata, participants recalled that the protests began in Chile two months ago, after being detonated by an increase in subway fares, and they multiplied with thousands of people demanding salary and pension raises, improved health care and public education and a radical change of the existing neoliberal model.

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