"Leave us alone," Chávez fires back
The Venezuelan president recommended his US counterpart to mind his own business
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez replied on Monday to the comments made to El Universal by his US counterpart Barack Obama, about Venezuela and its ties with countries, such as Cuba and Iran.
"Mr. Obama showed up over there attacking us; this is not a surprise for us. Obama, mind your own business; you'd better rule your country, as it is a mess, don't be so irresponsible," President Chávez said on state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).
Chávez refrained himself from disclosing the origin of President Obama's remarks. He warned though that his US counterpart was "attacking Venezuela" in order to seek votes for his reelection.
"Leave us alone; we are free and will never again be a colony of yours or of anyone else," he added during a broadcasted council of ministers.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."