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“Why don’t you shut up?”

Hugo Chávez's now famous run-in with Spain's King Juan Carlos.


Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died on Tuesday at the age of 58, had a tense relationship with Spain. Most notoriously, during the 2007 Ibero-American summit in Chile, he repeatedly interrupted José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, telling him that his predecessor as Spanish prime minister, José María Aznar, was a “fascist” who had backed a 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela. Spain’s King Juan Carlos grew increasingly irritated with Chávez’s diatribe, eventually saying: “Por qué no te callas?” (Why don’t you shut up?).

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Published: Mar 6 2013
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1 Comment for ““Why don’t you shut up?””

  1. Hugo Chavez was definitely sincere about social justice, but I don’t believe he choose the best way to reach that goal. Historically, socialism has always been detrimental to the people it was supposed to help. Besides that, I dont understand why Chavez hated America so much. By the way, I noticed that countries whose leaders hate the US are most of the times countries where atrocities are commited on a daily basis…

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