QUITO, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador on Wednesday denied entry into the country to a Venezuelan activist who admitted she intended to take part in political campaign despite having applied for a tourist visa.
Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed Venezuelan right-wing activist Leopoldo Lopez, was refused entry after landing at the airport shortly before 2 a.m. on a flight from Miami, Florida.
Tintori "was attended by a supervisor given the inconsistencies between her tourist visa and the political proselytizing she said she planned on doing," Deputy Minister of Domestic Security Diego Fuentes said at a press conference.
"Mrs. Tintori cannot carry out political proselytizing on a tourist visa," Fuentes said, adding that authorities coordinated with American Airlines to arrange her return on the next available flight, which was at 6:45 a.m.
Like most countries, Ecuador bars temporary visitors on tourist visas from participating in domestic political affairs.