Chávez: Expulsion of consul proves the "ridiculous US empire's arrogance"
Venezuela s President Hugo Chávez expressed his solidarity with Venezuela's Consul to Miami Livia Acosta Noguera and said that the Executive Office, together with the Foreign Ministry, is assessing an appropriate response for the United States
President Hugo Chávez stressed that the expulsion by US authorities of Venezuela's consul general to Miami (Florida), Livia Acosta Noguera, is just "another demonstration of the ridiculous empire's arrogance. We will evaluate with the Foreign Ministry our appropriate response."
The Head of State expressed his solidarity with the Venezuelan diplomat and termed her as an outstanding professional who has been "attacked and demonized."
Chávez's statements came at the presidential Palace of Miraflores, the official seat of the Executive branch of government in Venezuela, during his meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with whom he signed several bilateral agreements on industrial and technological development.
Chávez added said that he was waiting for Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro to return to Venezuela to assess the actions Venezuela is to take.
Venezuelan consul general in Miami Livia Acosta Noguera was declared persona non grata by the US State Department for being involved in alleged "terrorist" actions and an alleged plot to launch cyber-attacks on computer systems of the US government.
"She is a very dignified professional, who was attacked, slandered and demonized by extremist groups and now by Barack Obama's government," Chávez said. "She will continue working for our foreign service as she has done for many years," Chávez added, as reported by state-run news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN).
Chávez stressed that Venezuelan intelligence agencies had forecast that the consul would be expelled. This is the reason why the Venezuelan government decided to avoid any threatening situation for her and she was ordered to return to Venezuela in December.
"She is in Caracas and is not returning (to Miami,)" Chávez added.
Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas
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."