Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza condemned on Wednesday the act of vandalism against an equestrian statue of Liberator Simón Bolívar located at Madrid’s Parque del Oeste (Western Park), in Spain.

The Venezuelan foreign minister posted a message on his Twitter account @jaarreaza accusing the “the most recalcitrant sector of the Spanish right-wing,” which “has tried to disgrace the memory of Liberator Simón Bolívar.”

“After 200 years, they still cannot forgive that Bolivar led an unstoppable, irreversible, antiimperialist historical process: The Independence of Our America,” he stressed.

The act of vandalism occurred on the eve of the 237th anniversary of the Father of the Homeland’s birthday, to be celebrated on July 24.

Bolívar is considered the Man of the Americas and a figure of universal history thanks to his deeds and ideas. He left a vast political, emancipating legacy in Latin American countries and his ideas gave birth to a political trend called Bolivarianism.

The Liberator was born on July 24, 1783 in Caracas and he is considered the most outstanding independence hero, one of the greatest and most influential thinkers in the constitutions of the new American nations in the 19th century.


People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela