February 14, 2009

Spanish politician removed from Venezuela

Per El Universal in Venezuela, the Spanish government is seeking an explanation from Venezuela after European Parliament member Luis Herrero was expelled from the Latin American country on Friday, apparently for calling President Hugo Chávez "a dictator."

The topic generated discussion on Twitter across the Atlantic Ocean.

@fatimaperibanez (Spain): @LuisCarlos ¿Qué ha pasado por allí con el eurodiputado Luis Herrero? (@LuisCarlos What happened there with the MEP Luis Herrero?)

@LuisCarlos (Caracas, Venezuela): @fatimaperibanez Lo sacaron del país anoche. Sus compañeros declararon esta mañana que el procedimiento fue excesivo. (@fatimaperibanez He was taken out of the country last night. His colleagues said this morning that the procedure was excessive.)

One Venezuelan was quick to point out the amount of attention the story has received.

@jmourad (Venezuela): 355 notas de prensa sobre la expulsión de Luis Herrero eurodiputado español en google news. #15F (355 press releases on the expulsion of Spanish MEP Luis Herrero in google news. # 15F)

A man in Spain posted a blog with reaction to the incident.

@elcarty (Madrid, Spain): Luis Herrero: yo también te habría echado http://tinyurl.com/c9a373 (Luis Herrero: I have missed you http://tinyurl.com/c9a373)

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