Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee Slam Venezuelan President For 'Despacito' Use

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With the release of a Justin Bieber remix, the danceable track went nuclear, managing to stay at the top of the charts for 11 consecutive weeks as it became the most viewed video on YouTube in history, with 2.8 billion views.

Critics say Maduro is trying to cement a dictatorship by pushing forward with the Constituent Assembly this Sunday.

"Our call to the "Constituent Assembly" only seeks to unite the country".

You'd struggle to find someone who hasn't heard Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito'. Luis Fonsi was the first to respond, saying he did not authorize or was asked for the use or the change of the lyrics of his song.

Maduro's appropriation of the hit was quickly criticized by Fonsi, who wrote that his music "is for all those who want to enjoy it, not to use as propaganda".

Indeed, not only has no song ever matched the 16 weeks at No. 1 of "One Sweet Day", none has ever even come within a week of that record: 14 weeks marks the silver-medal finish shared by "Uptown Funk!" and six other singles, dating back to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" in 1992-'93.

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"That you illegally appropriate a song [Despacito] does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela", he wrote.

"Your dictatorial regime is not only a mockery for my Venezuelan brothers but for the entire world", he said in an Instagram post Monday.

The new development comes amid the ongoing protests in the country, which has been facing a political turmoil for the past several months.

But opposition leaders fear that the president's move towards a constitutional shake-up would delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential election.

Maduro and his leftwing government have been strongly criticised by several big Latin American nations, including Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, for pushing on with the plan to change Venezuela's constitution.