For years celebrities have made their discontent be known for the civil strife that Venezuela is suffering through, including increased poverty, violence and political instability, and now Jose Luis Rodriguez, the singer better known as El Puma is chiming in; hes asking its armedto forces save the country from a catastrophe.
The singer who put Venezuelas pop music scene on the international map has retreated to relative obscurity in recent yearssans a few Orbitz gum commercialsbut he came out to criticize the government on TV; the comments were made on the Chilean show Mas vale tarde.
An excerpt published by People en Español reads: I appeal to the women and men in the armed forces of Venezuela, who have prepared all their life to defend and safeguard our country: honor your uniform and dont allow that the richest country in Latin America, which is the country of your children, that these people continue to impoverish it.
While making the comments, El Puma pointed to Fidel Castro and Cuba as the real leaders pulling the strings in Venezuela, alluding to the Chavista government as a restrictive dictatorship. Among the other comments made he also spelled out the conditions he considers already in place for a peaceful transition.
Its a transition process that needs to be peaceful, he said in the interview. The church is ready, the people are ready, students are ready. Some of our troops should save the country, because if that doesnt happen, Venezuela can await, 40, 50, 60 years of anguish
Artists such as Maria Conchita Alonso have also voiced their concern in Venezuela and abroad against the changes Maduro has perpetuated from Hugo Chavezs presidential administration: The government has exerted state control over many private industries, including petroleum, and squelched most independent media outlets, but the countrys masses of poor citizens continue to support the government for their charitable programs such as subsidies and food handouts.