King Juan Carlos Of Spain Tells (T)Hugo Chavez To Shut Up

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This is one of those stories that just make you grin. King Juan Carlos of Spain literally told the red-shirted dictator-to-be of Venezuela to 'shut up' at a conference in Santiago, Chile.

Chavez, who called President Bush the "devil" on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a "fascist."

Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, "is a fascist," Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. "Fascists are not human. A snake is more human."

Spain's current socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and respect other leaders despite political differences.

"Former President Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people," he said, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.

Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, but his microphone was off.

Spanish King Juan Carlos, seated next to Zapatero, angrily turned to Chavez and said, "Why don't you shut up?"

About time somebody told Chavez that. I know absolutely nothing about the king, but he's already on my good side for this one.

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5 Responses to King Juan Carlos Of Spain Tells (T)Hugo Chavez To Shut Up

  1. Ulises Jorge says:

    “I know absolutely nothing about the king…”
    That is a shame. If you care to know about him, here a good source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Juan_Carlos

    I can tell you just two things about him:
    – He stood up for democracy when a right wing military coup attempted to remove Spain first socialist government.
    – He does not mince words.

    Ulises
    San Juan, PR

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  4. DevinzDa says:

    Personally, I despise the extreme’s on both sides of the political spectrum. The George Bush “conservatives”, and the Hugo Chavez “liberals”. From my personal perspective, King Juan Carlos, has always excemplified moderation and a true passion for democracy. I applaud him for his outburst! Hugo Chavez and George Bush should both shut up!

  5. Howard says:

    Bravo King Carlos!
    It’s about time someone stood up
    to Hugo Chavez, that arrogant thug!

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