As thousands of Cuban demonstrators continue to take to the streets to protest against the oppression of the Cuban government, a slogan has become their rallying cry: “patria y vida”.
The slogan, which is a variation of the decades-old communist regime’s motto, “patria o muerte” – “homeland or death”, has been transformed into a song that has become the backdrop for unprecedented protests that erupted across the island.
The song is a collaboration between Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona, Miami hip-hop stars Yotuel Romero and Alexander Delgado, as well as Cuban rappers Maykel Osorbo and El Funky.
“No more lies. My people demand freedom. No more doctrines! the song says, accusing the Cuban government of destroying the quality of life on the island. He calls on people to shout “patria y vida … and to start building what we dreamed of, what they destroyed with their hands”.
How does the song “Patria y Vida“Has become a war cry for the protests in Cuba
The song “Patria y Vida” has become a phenomenon since its release this year with its music video having received over 6 million views on YouTube.
While the original Castro-era slogan was a call to arms for the people to stand up for revolution in 1959, the new slogan tells people to take to the streets and take back their country after 62 years of Communist rule.
“Patria y Vida “quickly became a hymn.
How Miami works in solidarity with Cuba
Other rallies and events, including a mini-concert, took place in South Florida on Wednesday as local leaders and protesters continued to show their support for protesters in Cuba.
Coverage of Team NBC 6 with Laura Rodriguez, Julia Bagg, Carlos Suarez and Willard Shepard as protests, concerts and boaters do what they can to raise awareness of the unrest in Cuba.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, city commissioners and Cuban-American musician Willy Chirino held a press conference on Wednesday to express their support for Cubans, who took to the streets of the communist nation to protest their government.
“We must do whatever we must do to make possible the radical political changes that must be made in Cuba,” Chirino said. “Our country is dying, our people are dying, they are desperate.”
Suarez, who is also Cuban-American, called for an American intervention in Cuba.
Later Wednesday, the Cuban Resistance Assembly and other groups planned to hold a rally on Southwest 8th Street outside of Café Versailles in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.
The event is expected to include a mini-concert by local Cuban-American artists.