Military officers detain Venezuelan firefighters who compare the unpopular president of the country with a donkey in an online video & # 39;
- Police arrested the two men at the Venezuelan fire station after the video went viral
- The clip shows a man driving a donkey through a fire station on a "presidential visit"
- Joke is based on the name of Nicolás Maduro that sounds like the Spanish word for donkey
Sophie Law for Mailonline
Two firefighters have been arrested after comparing the Venezuelan president to a donkey in a video they posted online.
A video appeared on social networks and mockingly shows President Nicolás Maduro with the animal.
The two-minute video shows one man driving a donkey through a fire station, while another video says they are receiving a presidential visit.
The clip went viral after a donkey was taken to a fire station in Venezuela in a "presidential visit". mocking
The two firefighters were arrested for the images they published online and became viral in social networks
The firefighter says: "As you can see, he is doing an inspection" and added that the donkey approved the grass outside the building after a brief grazing.
The joke is based on a derogatory nickname that critics of the socialist president use for him: "Maburro", a play on his name that uses "donkey", the Spanish word for donkey.
President Maduro is widely unpopular as he oversees the immersion of the once rich oil nation in a deep economic crisis.
The shortage of food and medicines is driving mass migration across its borders.
The counterintelligence police arrested the two men at the fire station after the video went viral.
The firemen who made the joke of the donkey are Ricardo Prieto and Carlos Varon, who have each served more than a decade with the service.
The fireman says in the video: "As you can see, he is doing an inspection" and added that the donkey approved the lawn outside.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro (pictured), has a derisive nickname for Maburro, a play on his name that uses "donkey", the Spanish word for donkey.
The firefighters are Ricardo Prieto and Carlos Varon, each with more than a decade of service in the fire service.
Jesús Morón, a lawyer from the western state of Mérida, confirmed the arrests, but said he did not know what charges could be filed.
Prosecutors from the State Attorney General's Office have not announced charges.
Legislators loyal to Maduro last year approved a law against the spread of hate, which carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.