Nicaraguan president: Royal wedding 'offensive'

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Posted: Apr 29, 2011 8:35 PM
Nicaraguan president: Royal wedding 'offensive'

Not everyone enjoyed the royal wedding. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says he's offended by William and Kate Middleton's gala marriage ceremony.

Ortega says the hands of the British monarchy, in his words, "are stained with blood because they are celebrating while Libya is being bombed, while blood is being spilled in Libya."

Nicaragua's leader made the comments in a speech to thousands of supporters Friday hours after the lavish royal ceremony that was watched by an estimated 2 billion people around the world.

The leftist governments of Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia are staunch allies of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and have criticized the military intervention by U.S. and European air forces.