Muslim-majority Malaysia has stopped playing the sexually charged song "Despacito" on public broadcast stations, a senior minister said Thursday after critics labelled it un-Islamic. "It is truly an honor that "Despacito" is now the most streamed song in history".
Critics say Maduro is trying to cement a dictatorship by pushing forward with the Constituent Assembly this Sunday.
98 percent of respondents to a recent poll said they opposed the constitutional assembly, which would have the power to dissolve the National Assembly.
The previous song to hold the title was Bieber's single "Sorry" and its associated remixes, which to date have accumulated 4.38 billion plays since 2015.
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"What do you think, eh?" the grinning president asked the crowd. He continued: "My music is for all of those who want to listen and enjoy it, not to use as propaganda for those who try to manipulate the will of the people, who are crying out for their freedom and a better future".
"That you illegally appropriate a song [Despacito] doesn't compare with the crime you commit and have committed in Venezuela".
"Your dictatorial regime is not only a mockery for my Venezuelan brothers but for the entire world", he said in an Instagram post Monday.
Protests intensified in May after Maduro called for a rewrite of the country's constitution in a bid to control the ongoing protests against his government.
The new development comes amid the ongoing protests in the country, which has been facing a political turmoil for the past several months.