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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro Detained In New York
The Venezuelan government said September 22nd that its foreign
minister, Nicolas Maduro was briefly detained at a New York airport
and stripped of his travel documents, according to media reports
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said he was detained,
threatened and only released after an hour and a half at New York's
John F. Kennedy Airport Saturday.
"They were about to beat me and put handcuffs on me," Maduro said,
according to Venezuelan media reports.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who provoked an uproar on
Wednesday before the United Nations for calling US President George
W Bush the "devil," called the airport incident a "provocation by
Chavez and Maduro attended the UN General Assembly meetings this
past week in New York. The left-wing populist Venezuelan president
launched an all-out attack on Bush, saying the UN podium still
smelled of "sulfur" because the "devil" - Bush - had stood there the
Chavez said in Caracas that US officials charged Maduro with
Maduro, who gave a press conference Saturday evening in New York
after turning back from the airport incident, told Venezuelan media
in telephone interviews that the screening of his luggage violated
diplomatic agreements between the United Nations and the United
Maduro said he had "reacted" and resisted the search, when he was
commanded to remove his shoes and several pieces of clothing.
US airports conduct stringent security checks since the September
11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States
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