VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Likens Harassment of Officials Abroad to Nazi Persecution

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“We are the new Jews of the 21st century that Hitler pursued,” Maduro said during the cabinet meeting. “We don’t carry the yellow star of David … we carry red hearts that are filled with desire to fight for human dignity. And we are going to defeat them, these 21st century Nazis.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Likens Harassment of Officials Abroad to Nazi Persecution

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the harassment of government officials and their families outside of Venezuela to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis.

Maduro also said in comments to a televised cabinet meeting late on Tuesday that planned opposition rallies in Caracas on Wednesday evening were reminiscent of rallies during the rise of Nazism and fascism in pre-World War Two Europe.

Venezuelans living abroad, many of whom have fled the country’s economic chaos, have in recent weeks accosted visiting state officials and their family members.

“We are the new Jews of the 21st century that Hitler pursued,” Maduro said during the cabinet meeting. “We don’t carry the yellow star of David … we carry red hearts that are filled with desire to fight for human dignity. And we are going to defeat them, these 21st century Nazis.”

The German Nazis and their collaborators persecuted and killed six million Jews in the Holocaust during the 1930s and 1940s.

Government opponents, accusing Maduro of becoming a dictator by postponing elections and seeking to rewrite the constitution, have staged demonstrations nearly every day since early April. More than 40 people have been killed in sometimes violent protests.

Late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s mentor until he died of cancer in 2013, was accused during his 14-year rule of making insensitive comments about Jews. Chavez dismissed those accusations as a right-wing campaign against him.

Social media has for weeks buzzed with videos of Venezuelan emigrees in countries ranging from Australia to the United States shouting insults at public officials and in some cases family members in public places.

Maduro’s critics say it is outrageous for officials to spend money on foreign travel when people are struggling to obtain food and children are dying for lack of basic medicines. But some opposition sympathizers say such mob-like harassment is the wrong way to confront the government.

The opposition is demanding that Maduro’s government hold delayed elections for state governors and improve the country’s chaotic economy.

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United Nations Security Council turns eye to Venezuela crisis
The United Nations Security Council will turn its attention to the growing crisis in Venezuela for the first time on Wednesday after the United States called for a closed-door briefing on weeks of anti-government unrest.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the South American nation of 30 million, angry about food shortages, a medical crisis and soaring inflation. At least 42 people have died during the unrest.

Protesters are demanding elections, freedom for jailed activists, foreign aid to offset an economic crisis, and autonomy for the opposition-controlled legislature.

A senior U.N. political affairs official is due to brief the 15-member Security Council on the situation.

“In Venezuela, we are on the verge of humanitarian crisis,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement ahead of the meeting.

“For the sake of the Venezuelan people, and the security of the region, we must work together to ensure (President Nicolas) Maduro ends this violence and oppression and restores democracy to the people,” she said.

Maduro blames the opposition for the country’s crisis and the deaths, which have occurred on all sides. He accuses his opponents of trying to oust him in a coup with the backing of Washington.

British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the Security Council meeting on Wednesday was about “raising awareness.”

“We talk a lot about preventing conflicts in general, in theory. Here is a very specific, very concrete issue, which could – if things go wrong – descend into conflict, could descend into a threat to international peace and security,” Rycroft told reporters.

“So we need to act in whatever ways we can starting with our discussion today,” he said.

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