Protests after Chavez likens Aznar to Hitler

30th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 April 2007 , MADRID - The head of foreign relations for the conservative Popular Party, Jorge Moragas, asked the Spanish government to complain to Venezuela after its president Hugo Chavez likened Spain's ex-prime minister Jose Maria Aznar to Adolf Hitler.

30 April 2007

MADRID - The head of foreign relations for the conservative Popular Party, Jorge Moragas, asked the Spanish government to complain to Venezuela after its president Hugo Chavez likened Spain's ex-prime minister Jose Maria Aznar to Adolf Hitler.

The Venezuelan president said at a student gathering that former Spanish president Aznar is "a fascist who supported the coup in Caracas in April 2002," and added that "he is the Adolph Hitler type, both disgusting and pathetic, a true lackey of (U.S. President) George W. Bush".

For Moragas, "the verbal hysteria of the Venezuelan caudillo stinks of totalitarianism."

After saying, however, that the Popular Party "does not wish to enter into an exchange of insults," he demanded that the Spanish government send a "formal and public protest" against Chavez's remarks through official channels.

The deputy considered it an obligation of the government "to defend Spanish authorities" and said that Aznar, as a former president of the government, "merits that consideration."

Recalling Chavez's contemptuous comments about the ex-presidents of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, and of Mexico, Vicente Fox, he urged the Spanish government "not to hide" from the attacks.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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