Friday, November 16, 2007

¡Viva el Rey!

Long Live the Spanish King!


Shut up, Spain's king tells Chavez
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Spain's King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez to "shut up" as the Ibero-American summit drew to a close in Santiago, Chile.

The outburst came after Mr Chavez called former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a "fascist".

Mr Chavez then interrupted Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's calls for him to be more diplomatic, prompting the king's outburst.

Latin American, Portuguese, Spanish and Andorran leaders were meeting in Chile.

'Democratically elected'

Mr Chavez called Mr Aznar, a close ally of US President George W Bush, a fascist, adding "fascists are not human. A snake is more human."

Mr Zapatero said: "[Former Prime Minister] Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people."

Mr Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, despite his microphone being turned off. The king leaned forward and said: "Why don't you shut up?"

According to reports, the king used a familiar term normally used only for close acquaintances - or children.

Later, Mr Chavez responded to the king's rebuke.

According to the Associated Press news agency, he said: "I do not offend by telling the truth. The Venezuelan government reserves the right to respond to any aggression, anywhere, in any space and in any manner."

4 comments:

Matsonian said...

“Por qué no te callas?” - commemorated forever at www.neighborhoodies.com. Long live King Juan Carlos!

catalunya spain said...

I think it's about time someone told him to shut up - the guy's a joke.

Winston said...

King Juan is a friend of our royal family as well

Frieda said...

Well, i wished our Shah would have said "shut - up" to Mullahs...our shah was toooo polite