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UPDATED: German Chancellor Merkel turns her back on Cuban dictator Raul Castro in Chile

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel apparently wanted nothing to do with Cuban dictator Raul Castro when he tried to approach and greet the European leader at the CELAC summit in Chile this weekend. Seeing the bloody dictator making his way towards her, Merkel quickly turned her back and struck up a conversation with Bolivia's dictator in the making, Evo Morales.

Via EFE as reported in Spain's DIARIO VASCO (my translation):

Santiago de Chile, Jan. 26 (EFE) - Upon arriving at the CELAC-EU summit, which began this Saturday in Santiago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel turned her back on Cuban president Raul Castro today and struck up a conversation with Evo Morales, the Bolivian leader.

According to information given EFE by witnesses, Merkel turned her back on Castro when he approached to greet her right before the commencement of the plenary session at the Espacio Riesco, the convention center where this weekend 40 heads of state from Europe and Latin America are meeting.

In contrast, as could be seen by the televised coverage, the chancellor spoke with Evo Morales for several minutes with the help of a translator.

UPDATE: It turns out Merkel's snub of Raul Castro was too good to be true. Merkel did indeed greet and shake the bloody hand of Raul Castro. Read more HERE.

 

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