Shakira Defies Protests By Going Ahead With Belarus Gig

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March 30, 2011 | 7:35am EST

Colombian superstar Shakira is ignoring pleas from activists who are trying to stop her performing in Belarus later this year, insisting she will not be pressured into scrapping the show.
The Hips Don’t Lie hitmaker is due to stage a concert in Minsk in May, but human rights activists are urging her to axe the gig to protest against President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and the alleged incarceration of hundreds of pro-democracy activists.

Natasha Koliada, a spokeswoman for the Free Belarus Now group, recently called on all international artists to boycott the eastern European country, saying, “We appeal to these artists to cancel their concerts in Belarus because any visit would give a sign to the dictator Alexander Lukashenko that kidnappings, murders and torture in KGB (State Security Agency of the Republic of Belarus) jails are acceptable.”

But Shakira is standing firm and has assured fans she has every intention of playing the slot.

In a post on, a representative for the singer writes, “The rumours surrounding the cancellation of Shakira’s concert in Belarus are completely unfounded. We look forward to the show on May 19th.”