The PP has praised this Tuesday that on Sunday King Felipe VI did not rise to the sword of Simón Bolívar during the investiture of Gustavo Petro as the new president of Colombia. “We could not have a better Head of State. It represents us”, Eva Parera, councilor of the Barcelona City Council for Valents and until February independent deputy of the PP in the Parliament of Catalonia, has written on her Twitter profile, which she has described as “provocation” that the first left-wing president of the Latin American country will take the symbol to his inauguration.
In the same vein, the PP senator for Almería Rafael Hernando has spoken, who in a tweet has called Petro an “ex-terrorist” and has assured that carrying the sword of the “slave owner” Bolívar is something “not contemplated in the official protocol” . “The podemita left and ruffians on duty tear their clothes because the King does not wrinkle”, he has written. “Bravo for the King!”, has been completed by his fellow trainee and spokesman at General Assemblies of Álava, Iñaki Oyarzabal.
The messages of Hernando, Parera and Oyarzabal and other positions of the PP in networks contradict what their party did just a year ago, when on July 24, 2021 they participated in a tribute to Simón Bolívar on the 238th anniversary of his birth organized by the AyudaVenezuela platform. There, next to his statue in Madrid’s Parque del Oeste, where the celebration took place, the popular deputy Valentina Martínez, the senator of the same formation, Gonzalo Robles, and Pedro Miguel Castillo, Secretary of Strategy of the PP Madrid Center. The three supported the Venezuelans “in their struggle to recover democracy.”
“Here I will be supporting freedom in this wonderful country,” wrote Martínez that same morning, who is in turn the PP’s spokesman for Foreign Affairs in Congress.
This Sunday Felipe VI attended the inauguration of Gustavo Petro as president of Colombia. Unlike other international leaders, such as Gabriel Boric, the president of Chile, the king did not stand up at the passage of Simón Bolívar’s sword nor did he applaud. The symbol, which Petro described as “the people’s sword” was finally present at the ceremony, despite the fact that Petro’s rival, Iván Duque, tried to prevent it for alleged security reasons.
Felipe VI’s gesture has been criticized by United We Can, which has considered it “extremely serious”, while the PSOE describes the event as “summer controversy”. For its part, Ciudadanos praised the action in a Twitter message: “The anger of the government partners, who do not lift a finger against the tributes to the ETA murderers, are the successes of the Head of State”, has sentenced the training.
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