Venezuelan dictator claims he and other gov’t officials are the ones being persecuted, likens starving, dispossessed citizens to Nazis

2017-05-18_1347 Venezuelan food line
Venezuelans wait in line in order to feed themselves. Their president calls them ‘Nazis.’

“We are the new Jews of the 21st century that Hitler pursued,’ says Nicolas Maduro of himself and his fellow tyrants as they continue to take what was a wealthy nation rich in natural resources into one where basic supplies are unavailable and ordinary citizens are being treated as cattle. From the Guardian

The Venezuelan president, Nicolás 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-second world war 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 Nazis and their collaborators persecuted and killed six million Jews in the Holocaust during the 1930s and 1940s.

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