[:en]Two Venezuelan firefighters arrested for donkey video mocking president Maduro[:es]Dos bomberos venezolanos arrestados por video de un burro burlándose de Maduro[:]

[:en]CARACAS, Venezuela — Two firefighters have been arrested after a video surfaced on social media showing them mockingly compare Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to a donkey, officials said Friday.

The two-minute clip shows one man lead a donkey through a firehouse. Another man videotaping says they are receiving a presidential visit.

“As you can see, he is doing an inspection,” the firefighter says, adding that the burro approved of the grass outside the building after briefly grazing.

The joke is based on a disparaging nickname that critics of the socialist president use for him — Maburro, a play on his name using “burro,” the Spanish word for donkey.

Maduro is widely unpopular, overseeing the once-wealthy oil-nation’s plunge into a deep economic crisis. A shortage of food and medicine is driving mass migration across its borders.

Seeing no humor in the video, counterintelligence police arrested the two men at the firehouse after the video went viral.

The firefighters are Ricardo Prieto and Carlos Varon, each with more than a decade of service in the fire service.

Jesus Moron, an attorney for the western state of Merida, confirmed the arrests, but said he didn’t know what charges might be filed. Prosecutors in the state Attorney General’s Office haven’t announced charges.

Lawmakers loyal to Maduro last year passed a law against spreading hate, which carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.[:es]Dos bomberos, de la estación de servicio en Apartaderos en el estado Mérida, fueron detenidos por funcionarios policiales luego de publicar un video en el que comparan al presidente Nicolás Maduro con un burro.

“Buenas tardes compañeros, estamos recibiendo la visita del presidente Maduro Moros en la estación ocho de Apartaderos y se encuentra haciendo el recorrido de inspección”, dijo uno de los bomberos en el video, en el que se observa al animal entrando a la estación.

Ramón Guevara, gobernador de Mérida, habría solicitado respeto a los derechos humanos de ambos funcionarios, luego de la detención que se ejecutó este jueves Septiembre 13.

Isnardo Bravo

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Dos bomberos adscritos a la gobernación del estado Mérida fueron detenidos por su presunta participación en la publicación del video que acompaña este tuit. El gobernador de la entidad @RamonGuevaraMRD pidió respeto a los DDHH de ambos funcionarios y debido proceso en el caso

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