Democratic Socialists of America Meet With Dictator Nicolás Maduro

Masooma Haq
By Masooma Haq
July 6, 2021Politicsshare
Democratic Socialists of America Meet With Dictator Nicolás Maduro
Members of the Democratic Socialists of America gather outside of a Trump owned building on May Day in New Yor City, on May 01, 2019. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Leaders of the largest socialist political organization in the United States, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which has endorsed prominent U.S. House members, met with Venezuelan Dictator Nicolás Maduro on July 2.

According to Telesur, the chairperson of the National Political Committee of the DSA, members of the International Committee, and the organization’s Political Formation, Foreign Policy, and Bilateral Relations committees, attended the meeting.

The Virginia chapter of DSA confirmed the meeting with the dictator. “DSA members meeting directly with President Maduro. Big things are happening in our organization,” a social media post for Tidewater DSA said.

The DSA has endorsed self-professed Democratic Socialists to the U.S. House of Reps., including Reps. Rashi­da Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), and Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.).

DSA said they had close to 10,000 people join their organization after Ocasio-Cortez was first elected in 2018. Ocasio-Cortez said in a March interview with DSA, “I went through a process of earning the DSA endorsement. And that was in addition to stitching a collective together of the movement for Black lives and the movement for immigrant rights.”

DSA says it has 92,000 members and chapters in all 50 states, and the DSA website states they are fighting capitalism. Adding, “We know our economic system is rooted in white supremacy and the capitalist class depends on racism to divide and oppress the working class.”

Telesur, a Latin American multimedia platform, wrote that one of the goals of the meeting between Maduro and DSA was “to strengthen the fight against the blockade and the coercive and unilateral measures imposed by the government of the United States.”

While DSA leadership did not respond to The Epoch Times’s request for comment on the meeting, in March they put out a statement criticizing the Biden administration’s policies toward Venezuela.

“U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó and, illegitimately and against the wishes of the Venezuelan people, recognized him as interim president of Venezuela. This act by the Biden administration is just the latest in a long history of feckless and illegal U.S. interventions in the region, carried out with bipartisan consent,” said DSA’s International committee in a press statement.

“We take this occasion to reiterate our condemnation of historic and ongoing meddling by the U.S. in Venezuelan internal affairs, as well as our broad support for movements for democracy and socialism in Venezuela.”

“Finally, DSA IC calls on DSA-endorsed candidates and elected officials to use their positions to decry all U.S. interference in Venezuela, and on its chapters and members to organize protests against this interference and hold educational events to learn more about how to support movements for Bolivarian socialism in the 21st century.”

Ocasio-Cortez in March 2019 said in response to a question about the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis in Venezuela, “Yeah, so I think that that this is absolutely a complex issue and I think it’s important that we approach this very carefully … myself just like anyone else who is absolutely concerned with the humanitarian crisis that’s happening. And I think it’s important that any solution that we have centers … on the Democracy of Venezuelan people first. I am very concerned about U.S. interventionism in Venezuela, and I oppose it.”

Meanwhile, recent reports by human rights organizations continue to confirm Maduro’s human rights abuses and the reason for the imposed sanctions on Venezuela by the United States.

People walk back home in the Petare neighborhood
People walk back home in the Petare neighborhood after Caracas and other parts of Venezuela were hit by a massive power cut on July 22, 2019. (Matias Delacroix/AFP/Getty Images)

Amnesty International’s most recent report on Venezuela begins this way: “The continuing human rights crisis in Venezuela saw further reports of extrajudicial executions, excessive use of force, and unlawful killings by the security forces during the year. People expressing criticism of government policies—including political activists, journalists, and health workers—were subjected to repressive measures including criminalization, unfair trials, and arbitrary detention.”

The most recent report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (pdf), former Chilean president Michele Bachelet, states that her office (OHCHR) “continued to receive credible allegations of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. OHCHR received some accounts of beatings, electric shocks, sexual violence, and threats of rape…Previously identified patterns of enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention persisted.”

The Biden administration rejected a plea from Venezuela’s illegitimate dictator, Nicolás Maduro, to lift sanctions imposed on his socialist regime by former President Donald Trump, a State Department spokesperson told The Epoch Times in June.

Former President Donald Trump imposed a series of crippling sanctions on Venezuela during his term—the latest was in response to an election the United States deemed rigged. Trump had recognized Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president after the election—a move followed by a large number of the leaders of the free world.

Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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