The Organization of Political Persecuted Venezuelans in Exile (Veppex) announced that it declared Mexican singer and actor Pablo Montero “persona non grata” for performing for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at his birthday party.
“Pablo Montero, unfortunately, acts on him and ingratiates himself with an individual who is accused of drug trafficking, has an investigation in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and violates the human rights of Venezuelans,” Veppex wrote.
At the party held this Tuesday at the Miraflores Palace for Maduro’s 59 years, which was broadcast by the Venezuelan state channel VTV, Montero performed for Maduro ‘Las mañanitas’, in addition to other songs such as the famous ranchera ‘El Rey’ and ‘Llanera soul’.
The president of Veppex, José Antonio Colina, said that this “deplorable performance occurs only two days after an illegitimate election carried out by the dictatorship” and recalls that there have been other artists who “have gone to applaud Maduro’s international criminal like Steven Seagal, Bonny Cepeda and Danny Glover ”.
Veppex’s criticism of Pablo Montero adds to a long list of critical comments towards the singer on social networks since his performance at the Miraflores Palace was known.
According to a press release from Pablo Montero’s representative, reproduced by the Miami media, the Mexican singer does not “meddle” in affairs of other countries and as an artist he has “no party or flag other than Mexican music.”