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“Why don’t you shut up?” November 11, 2007

Posted by Daniel Martin in General.
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SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Spain‘s King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday to “shut up” during closing speeches by leaders from the Latin world that brought the Ibero-American summit to an acrimonious end.

“Why don’t you shut up?” the king shouted at Chavez, pointing a finger at the president when he tried to interrupt a speech by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Zapatero was in the middle of a speech at the summit of mostly leftist leaders from Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Andorra, and was criticizing Chavez for calling former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a fascist.

Chavez, a leading leftist foe of Washington, also attacked Spanish businessman Gerardo Diaz Ferran earlier in the week after he questioned the safety of foreign investments in Venezuela.

“I want to express to you President Hugo Chavez that in a forum where there are democratic governments … one of the essential principles is respect,” Zapatero told the leaders gathered in the Chilean capital, Santiago.

“You can disagree radically, without being disrespectful,” Zapatero, a socialist, said sternly, drawing applause from some of the other heads of state.

Chavez, a former soldier, made his mark on the three-day summit from the start, announcing his arrival earlier in the week with defiant lyrics from a Mexican ballad.

“With the truth in hand, I do not offend, I do not fear,” Chavez said on Saturday. “The government of Venezuela reserves the right to respond to any aggression.”

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1. mburgos9 - November 11, 2007

I saw the video where Chavez insulted Aznar yesterday, and I agree with the reaction of King Juan Carlos, and I also think that the Spanish government would have to ask Chavez an official apology.
Fortunately for the Spanish people, we have all information here , and we can express our own opinion, but this thing is impossible in Venezuela, and I think most people from Venezuela must be ashamed of this dictator. Chavez is doing the same things that his former neighbours did, like Videla, Noriega, Fujimory, etc…. but nowadays I think there are plenty of people like this this in the world.


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