Venezuela Gov’t Lawmaker Hurls Gay Slurs at Foes
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venomous political attacks have become the norm in Venezuela, and now a governing party legislator has unleashed a tirade in the country’s legislature using gay slurs in trying to discredit the opposition.
The lawmaker displayed photos in the National Assembly on Tuesday showing a top aide to opposition leader Henrique Capriles dressed, along with other men, in women’s clothing, apparently at a party. He suggested, without elaboration, that the photos proved the aide’s involvement with drug traffickers and male and female prostitution.
Legislator Pedro Carreno, a member of the movement built by the late President Hugo Chavez, didn’t say where he got the photos, although the aide’s apartment was searched last week by military agents.
The aide, Oscar Lopez, is in hiding. The government said it was investigating him on unspecified corruption charges, which the opposition calls part of a new wave of political repression.
Carreno, a former military officer, is angry with Capriles for accusing him of being forced out of the armed forces for corruption and has challenged him to provide proof or resign as Miranda governor.
"Respond, you homosexual," Carreno said during Tuesday’s legislative session. "Accept the challenge, you faggot."
Carreno then claimed there is a police report saying Capriles was caught having oral sex in public in 2000.
President Nicolas Maduro hurled more invective Wednesday, alluding during a public event to lascivious material that he insinuated was seized from Lopez.
"Just 1 percent what was discovered was shown" in the National Assembly, Maduro said. "The videos and photos of orgies are not publishable."