According to The Latin American Tribune, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Friday (October 24) a comprehensive review of its relations with Spain in response to comments by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the case of a jailed politician in Venezuela.
Rajoy met Wednesday (October 22) in Madrid with Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, who was arrested on February 18, 2014 and awaits trial on charges of fomenting violence.
During the discussion, which took place at the headquarters of Spain’s governing conservative Popular Party (PP), Rajoy voiced concern about due process in the case of López and said that the rights of free expression and peaceful protest need to be respected in Venezuela, according to a PP statement.
“There is exploiting Prime Minister Rajoy meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela, when he simply has no moral standing to talk about Bolivarian Venezuela,” Maduro said on Friday.
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“Don’t meddle in my fatherland, Rajoy. Venezuela must be respected, you hear,” Maduro was quoted as saying.
“We have had plenty of patience with people of the far right such as you, who comes along now to support groups responsible for the deaths of more than 40 Venezuelans,” Maduro said.
Forty-three people were killed and scores more were injured in Venezuela in connection with anti-government protests that began in mid-February.
Fatalities included both supporters and opponents of the Socialist government, as well as public employees and bystanders.