Chavez Ties Merkel to Hitler

Venezuelan fires back after German chancellor advises neighbors to keep distance
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 10:26 AM CDT
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Tuesday, April 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)
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(Newser) – Hugo Chavez fired back at Angela Merkel after the German leader suggested Latin American countries should be wary of ties to Venezuela. "She is from the German right," he said yesterday, "the same that supported Hitler, that supported fascism, that's the Chancellor of Germany."

"Ms. Chancellor, you can go to ..." Chavez said, eliciting giggles from an audience including military and cabinet officials, Reuters reports. "Because she's a woman I won't say anything else."