August 20, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Peruvian writer and journalist Alvaro Vargas Llosa said that Venezuelan authorities detained him for about two hours Monday after he arrived in Venezuela for an upcoming pro-democracy forum.
The son of famed Peruvian author and former presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa said he was detained for questioning at Venezuela's Simon Bolivar International Airport.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa is slated to attend a forum organized by Cedice, a conservative Caracas-based think tank that has come under criticism from allies of President Hugo Chavez.
Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami denied that Vargas Llosa was mistreated, saying he was subject to the immigration service's normal "protocol in the case of foreigners."
Vargas Llosa said authorities told him that he's prohibited from "making political statements" during his visit to Venezuela.
El Aissami told state television that guest speakers invited to this week's forum are coming to "provoke and offend" Venezuela's government.
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