Hundreds of extrajudicial killings have been carried out by Venezuelan security forces as the ruling socialist regime continues to collapse upon itself.
Over 500 anti-government demonstrators were killed in the last two years, according to reports. The security forces were granted immunity from prosecution, leading to the total collapse of the rule of law.
Venezuela has been in a state of economic crisis since 2012 as a result of the failure of the government’s far-left policies, creating mass starvation and poverty. This has in turn led to widespread protest against the state, which Venezuelan authorities have responded to with brutal crackdowns.
The ongoing instability in Venezuela threatens to affect the United States as well, as some have projected it could lead to a migrant crisis worse than Syria. Furthermore, as the economic situation worsens, coordination between the Venezuelan government and Latin American drug cartels has reached new heights.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), leader of the radical leftist movement in the United States, has been hailed by Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro as “our revolutionary friend”. Sanders similarly praised Venezuela as a model for America’s future in a March 2016 op-ed. The Vermont Senator has also has a long history of support for the far-left, anti-American regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua, describing the food lines in these Marxist states as a “good thing”.
Unlike in some other left-wing tyrannies, the regime in Venezuela rose to power not through a civil war or a popular revolution, but by winning a free election on a “democratic socialist” platform not dissimilar to the one embraced by Sanders in 2016. Ongoing events in Venezuela clearly demonstrate the danger that Bernie’s socialist movement could pose to America should he ever prevail.