Colombia-Venezuela Diplomatic Crisis Heats Up as Officials Trade Insults

February 3, 2017

February, 2 2017 (Panampost)

Controversy continues between Colombia and Venezuela following an episode of the Colombian show “El Comandante,” during which Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela Diosdado Cabello threatened legal action against its producer.

Cabello said action would be taken in order to defend the image of Hugo Chavez, so that his memory will not be questioned.

He also made a reference to Colombian Vice President German Vargas Lleras using vulgar language in response to comments made about how venecos — a derogatory way of describing Venezuelans — would not receive housing.

“I could call Vargas Lleras a huge son of a bitch and I wouldn’t be saying anything,” he said. “I could call the Colombian Vice President a huge son of a bitch, but he can’t feel offended.”

Vargas Lleras had pointed out that Venezuelans coming to Colombia could not receive any type of social benefits from Colombia.

“This is for the displaced population, but they live in Tibu,” he said. “Under no circumstance, is this for venecos“, said Lleras to construction companies, mayors and governors in the area during the construction of free housing.

“There is not a single place in Colombia where people not from this country are allowed to benefit from social programs.”

Source: El Estímulo