Beyond the glamor and celebrity glitz surrounding the televized 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, the event may also serve as a platform for human rights activism. Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin took this opportunity at the Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the middle of his performance of “Más y más” with Robi Draco, he called for “Liberty and Justice for Oscar López Rivera” [Libertad y justicia para Oscar López Rivera]. [Also see previous post https://repeatingislands.com/2013/11/24/on-the-island-over-40000-march-for-release-of-puerto-rican-political-prisoner/.]
This pop artist is not alone in his demands; he joins many personalities around the world and in Puerto Rico, including film director Jacobo Morales, singers Chucho Avellanet and Andy Montañez, who all sent messages inviting the public to participate in the massive demonstration held in San Juan, Puerto Rico (as well as in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and Madrid, among other cities) on November 23, 2013. Even present governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García, and Congressman Pedro Pierluisi, Resident Commissioner in Washington, have spoken in favor of the release of López Rivera.
For full articles (in Spanish), see http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2013/11/22/ricky-martin-pide-libertad-para-oscar-lopez-rivera/ and http://noticel.com/noticia/151925/ricky-martin-aboga-por-la-libertad-de-oscar-lopez-en-los-grammy-latino.html