JLo and Ricky Martin are two of the 85 celebrities standing behind the singer whose Venezuela concert was cancelled

Por People Staff
Updated Febrero 13, 2008

After being declared a persona non grata by authorities in Venezuela, the Spanish singer decided to cancel the show he had scheduled for Feb. 14 in the South American country. Now, in an effort to stand behind the 38-year-old singer, 85 artists, including Jennifer López, Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin, have signed a petition that shows their support the “Corazón partío” singer.

“After Alejandro Sanz confirmed that he wouldn't be performing in Venezuela on Feb. 14 because of inconveniences and differences various local authorities brought about, we wanted to demonstrate that we stand behind him. We believe it is unfair to Alejandro and to the Venezuelans who want to attend his concert and buy his tickets,” the document reads. “Alejandro is known by all to be a loyal friend, involved with Latin America and always ready to help out there when he's needed,” the message continues.

The long list of celebrities showing their support for Sanz and their disapproval of the Chávez government includes Ana Gabriel, Shakira, Raphael, Penélope Cruz, Paulina Rubio, Miguel Bosé, Luis Fonsi, Lena, Laura Pausini, Juanes, Joan Manuel Serrat, Fito Paez, David Beckham, Ana Belén, Carlos Vives, Ana Torroja, Fher y Ednita Nazario, among others. “Because we believe in a Latin America where we're all free to express our opinions, and we believe in respecting the distinct thoughts of every individual, we hope from our hearts that the situation will be resolved.”