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Mujica looses his temper with the media over the ‘Villa Nores’ incident

Tuesday, December 20th 2011 - 07:01 UTC
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The Uruguayan president Jose Mujica lost his temper in an incident with a journalist when he was asked what measures the government was planning to avoid a repeat of the situation with a Spanish flagged vessel chased by an Argentine Coast Guard unit and had to take refuge in Uruguayan waters. Read full article


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  • Redhoyt

    The Press won't appreciate Mujica's lack of backbone !

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 07:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Domingo

    Uruguayans would rightly be concerned if their Foreign Policy is being unduly determined by Argentina through its political and economic influence on their President

    Uruguayans would also rightly be Uruguay's upholding of its international obligations are being subverted in the cause of Argentine political propaganda

    It is the proper place of the Uruguayan free press to question, investigate and report this matter and to provide political comment

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 08:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Feel sorry for the poor man, that he's under Argentine pressure is all too obvious.
    Well said, Domingo

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 10:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Papamoa

    What does he mean HAPPENS all the time!! It SHOULD'NT HAPPEN AT ALL!! Uraguay is an independent country and argentina should afford it the respect it is due and stop its Pirate activity on international shipping going into Uraguay ports!!!!
    Long Live the Falklands.

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 12:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    Looks like he's under pressure to me ...

    Somehow I doubt that this'll stick :-)

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    Uruguay is simply deciding whether its an independent Nation or just does what Argentina tells it. Its difficult to see how such a small Nation could possibly stand up to Argentine military might but then stranger things have happened.

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 12:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • M_of_FI

    Cracks are starting to appear already.....

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 12:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Philippe

    Perhaps it is time for FIG to consider inviting the Spanish Government to send a frigate to protect their fishing fleets. There are troublemaking prowlers in their area of work.


    Dec 20th, 2011 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    It is embarrassing for Mujica to be put on the spot by the media, but it goes with the territory.

    He is between this particular rock and a hard place, supporting the adjacent regime but quietly letting the world and trade continue as normally as the circumstances allow.

    . . . . the art of the possible (Otto Von Bismarck).

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 01:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    However, it looks like this time the split in the goverment over the economy also exists in other areas.

    It appears from what has been reported that Mujica may have made the announcement regarding the Falklands without consulting the rest of the cabinet.

    It is fast approaching a farce insofar as Uruguay is concerned and I think this is not going to help them international over their financial ambitions and government rating.

    Somebody needs to get Mujica away from the poisonous grip of the Queen of Plastic for his own and his countrys' good.

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 02:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    That reporter probably works for MercoStanley....sorry MercoPress.

    Thank you Pepe Mujica

    Thank you Uruguay!

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 04:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    perhaps the spannish goverment, should show some back bone, and send a navy ship to protect its spannish ships,

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 06:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    12, Yes Briton they Gibraltar Spain.

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 07:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Perhaps Mujica should consider his position as a co-conspirator with an enemy of humanity. Argentina can already be defined as an enemy of humanity for its deliberate actions in inhibiting trade. Rogue states!

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 09:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Colonel

    it is embarrassing to see the president of the country to act in this way, the news's guy has the right to ask questions for a living. Mujica is a puppet of the Argentinians government. How long will take to Uruguay go to their knees to please the selfish Casa Rosada?

    Dec 20th, 2011 - 10:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • livin' in argentina

    13 Marcos Alejandro (#) Dec 20th, 2011 - 07:11 pm
    12, Yes Briton they Gibraltar Spain.

    Really? Why would they send ships to a part of the UK overseas territories in the Mediterranean sea when the dispute is in the South Atlantic?

    Dec 21st, 2011 - 03:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Do you think it would strengthen Spain's claim to Gibraltar if they gave Ceuta & Melilla to Morrocco?

    Dec 21st, 2011 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    that’s because she is stupid, for if she was clever, she would have wooed the Spanish on to her side, [instead of hindering their fishing boats ]

    Dec 21st, 2011 - 01:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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