CARACAS, Thursday December 06, 2007 | Update
Following the remarks made by President Hugo Chávez,
who labelled as "shitty victory" the triumph of the No vote
in a referendum on the draft constitutional reform, Minister
of Communication and Information William Lara said on Thursday
that a "rumpus" has been raisen on this matter.
"Some prudish people in the use of language consider that this word (shit) is scatological (...) The President used a word which is not a crime at all (...) There is need to take prejudices out, the colloquial, ordinary language is part of the national culture."
He thinks that there is an attempt to pretend that the head of state used scatological terms, because he "lacks culture and was enraged."
"Hugo Chávez is not the first one to use such word. Great Latin American writers, like Gabriel García Márquez, have used it."
He urged those who "purport to make this word to look like a language crime" to read "No one writes to the colonel," by García Márquez. The novel ends with the word "shit."
10:07 AM. DIPLOMACY. Admired by the Colombian guerrilla after his coup attempt in 1992, the then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías received financial support by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for his projects after his capture that year. This mostly explains the relationship and "debt" between the parties, as revealed by a paper of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of the United Kingdom.