Singer Francisco Céspedes Criticizes President López Obrador
Renowned artist expresses his discontent with the Mexican president’s actions
After a recent concert in Hermosillo, Sonora, singer Francisco Céspedes took the opportunity to voice his strong disapproval of President López Obrador. Céspedes specifically criticized the president for inviting Miguel Díaz Canel, the president of Cuba, as one of the main international figures to celebrate Mexico’s national holidays last year. The singer expressed his disappointment, stating, “When you visit a country that is in dire need, and there is a president who invites a Cuban dictator on September 15 and places him above others, it is deeply concerning. You can invite any president, but not elevate them to the highest position. That is why I have a strong dislike for that individual, and I hope he faces consequences.”
Díaz Canel’s Presence at the Celebration
On September 16, 2021, Díaz Canel participated in Mexico’s military parade commemorating the 211th anniversary of its independence. He was given a place of honor among the distinguished guests at the event. Díaz Canel delivered a speech and also attended the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac). Céspedes continued his remarks, claiming that many people idolize presidents and treat them like religious figures, even comparing them to Jesus Christ. He concluded by stating that some individuals are willing to fight with their friends over their political allegiances, demonstrating the extreme devotion they have towards their chosen leaders.
Shortly after his controversial statements, Céspedes decided to make his Twitter account private, blocking responses and interactions related to the video. Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, López Obrador’s wife, responded to Céspedes’ remarks through her Instagram account, reminding him of the opportunities Mexico has provided him. She wrote, “Mexico has given you everything. Don’t forget that, my friend.” Gutiérrez Müller also expressed her concern for Céspedes’ well-being, saying, “I don’t wish you harm, but rather a happy life free from hatred.” Additionally, she retweeted a message condemning Céspedes’ comments, stating that no singer-songwriter who wishes death upon another human being should be given a platform. The message criticized Céspedes’ songs and lyrics, accusing them of being tainted with hatred and inhumanity.
A Strong Bond Between Díaz Canel and López Obrador
The friendship between Díaz Canel and López Obrador is evident. During López Obrador’s six-year term, the two leaders have met on five occasions. In January of this year, López Obrador’s office announced that Díaz Canel would receive the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor bestowed upon a foreign head of state. This gesture further solidifies the close political and economic relationship between the two presidents, extending beyond mere symbolism.
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