Chí¡vez Calls Brazil US Parrot. Lula Tells Him to Mind His Own Country

Brazilian and Venezuelan presidents, Lula and Chávez In response to a comment made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez that the Brazilian Congress is merely a parrot of the United States, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, said that "Chavez has to look after Venezuela, I have to look after Brazil, Bush has to look after the United States and so forth."

Lula was at the official residence of the Brazilian ambassador in London when he was told by journalists that Chávez had criticized Brazil's congressmen who had asked the Venezuelan leader to renew Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) concession, which has been closed by him.

Chavez called the Brazilian Congress a "pirate's parrot" of the United States and added: "It would be easier for the Portuguese empire to once again be established in Brazil than for Venezuela's government to return the concession, which has already ended, to an oligarchy's radio station."

Lula was careful just in case Chávez denies having said anything: "I cannot comment on a declaration of a head of state only because you are asking me a question," the told a reporter who wanted to know his reaction.

"In a situation like that I don't know if Chávez in fact said that or not. If he did, the Caracas ambassador will certainly report it to the Itamaraty (Brazil's Foreign Ministry). And then let me tell you: we are all adults and everyone is responsible for what he says."

As for the television closing, the Brazilian president believes this is a Venezuelan internal problem. "This is not a Brazilian problem," said Lula. "Brazil's problem is something else. In Brazil we have an extremely democratic treatment of the press, which is consolidated in the country.  I believe every country has to have sovereignty to do whatever has to be done. Nothing more than that."

The Venezuelan government didn't renew RCTV's concession when it expired on May 27. Since May 28, that TV network was overtaken by state-owned Televisora Venezolana Social (Tves). On May 30, the Brazilian senate passed a resolution in which Chávez is asked to return the RCTV to its owners.

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  • AES

    I wonder if Chavez can actually read at a university level.
    Chavez better mind his back. There is a revolution in Venezuela and its paying Chavez a visit.

  • João da Silva

    To:A Brazilian
    [quote]”ChÀƒ¡vez tem sido um parceiro do Brasil, nÀƒ³s temos grandes negÀƒ³cios na Venezuela, estamos fazendo refinarias conjuntas”, afirmou Lula, ao repÀƒ³rter Stephen Sakur. “Eu nÀƒ£o acredito que ChÀƒ¡vez represente um perigo para a AmÀƒ©rica Latina.”

    [/quote]

    You were quite prophetic and astute.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]But trust me, they aren’t enemies at all. They are allies, and Lula just reminded him for him to do what he must on his side, don’t provoke Brazilians and Brazil and don’t force a bad situation.
    [/quote]

    It is an interesting statement and it didnt occur to me before.Lula went one notch up in the esteem of the Brazilians by making this comment and now we are all clapping hands! Thanks for the clarification.

  • A brazilian

    Ken Lane
    Because Lula and Chavez (and also Evil Morales and others) are part of a communist organization known as “Sao Paulo Forum”. Their goal is to implement socialism in Latin America. Lula said that not because he is against Chavez, but because he doesn’t want Chavez (or any other leftist politician) to force him to take measures that might hurt the Socialist future they envision together.

    In interviews Lula said he has similar goals with Chavez, the difference is that Chavez goes at 300 Km/h and Lula must go at 100 Km/h because Brazil is a much bigger country. But trust me, they aren’t enemies at all. They are allies, and Lula just reminded him for him to do what he must on his side, don’t provoke Brazilians and Brazil and don’t force a bad situation.

  • ken Lane

    What took Lula so long to see through or speak against Chavez? All my relatives in Brasil were in awe of Chavez because of what seemed to have him in Lula’s favor?

  • João da Silva

    AES
    [quote]I wonder if Chavez can actually read at a university level.[/quote]

    In all fairness,Chavez is quite literate and got his degree from the Military Institute of Engineering of Venezuela.

  • João da Silva

    Lula Tells Him to Mind His Own Country
    One of the few times I tend o agree with our President.Hugo,plese mind your own business and dont bug us.

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