Latin pop singer Juanes considered canceling a Sept. 20 concert in Cuba because he received what he felt were threatening messages on his Twitter account, according to a police report.
Date: 08/21/2009 01:00 PM
HEADLINE: Singer Juanes getting threats over Cuba concert
CAPTION: Latin pop singer Juanes has filed a police report over his safety, after reportedly receiving threatening messages over plans to perform in Cuba next month. (Aug. 21)
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Latin singing star Juanes says he fears for his safety as well as his family.
That's according to a police report he filed in Key Biscayne, Florida, where he lives.
And it's all over a concert he has planned for next month.
It's in Cuba -- and that has led to threatening messages on Juanes' Twitter account.
He says one message read "I hate what you are saying but you will die for defending your right to say it."
Some Cuban-Americans in Miami have criticized the event, saying that it endorses the Communist-led government of Fidel and Raul Castro.
But Juanes -- a 17-time Latin Grammy winner, who is from Colombia, is known for his social activism.
In 2008, he held a "Peace Without Borders" concert at the border between Venezuela and Colombia when tensions were high between the two nations. The show drew tens of thousands of people.
He planned to hold another _Peace Without Borders _ concert in Havana on September 20th
Police say they're taking the threats seriously and keeping a watch on Juanes.
Event promoters insist the Havana concert will have no ideological overtones.
Juanes admits he considered canceling the show -- but his spokesman says the show will go on.
He attributes the negative comments to a small number of extremists.