The opposition-run Bolivian Senate repelled Thursday Venezuelan
President Hugo Chávez's "serious meddling" for his warning
against a "machine-gun Vietnam" if his Bolivian counterpart
Evo Morales were overthrown or killed.
During a plenary session, the Senate passed a resolution to express its "deepest concern and disavowal for the serious interference in Bolivia's internal affairs by the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Don Hugo Chávez Frías," AFP reported.
The Venezuelan ruler kicked up a real rumpus in Bolivia when saying last October 14th during his TV and radio show "Aló, Presidente" that his government "would not be arm folded if the oligarchy succeeded in toppling or assassinating Evo."
During his remarks aired from Cuba, Chávez warned that such event could unleash "the machine-gun Vietnam, the war Vietnam."
LOPEZ CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, met on Friday with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
HUMAN RIGHTS Pictures published on Thursday show the national coordinator of opposition Voluntad Popular party Leopoldo López and former mayor of San Cristóbal, Táchira state, Daniel Ceballos calling for their own release and that of all the political prisoners in Venezuela, pursuant to a ruling issued by the United Nations Organization last October 8.
LOPEZ'S CASE Tanzanian lawyer Roland Adjovi, one of the five members of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, noted that the resolution urging Venezuela to release opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Daniel Ceballos "is binding upon the government," and added that the authorities had to "observe the group's decision."