“I suggest Bernie Sanders take a week and go to Venezuela without bodyguards and go to the street and speak with a cell phone and see what is going on.”
Guerra said that politicians who refuse to label Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro a dictator don’t understand the political situation in Venezuela:
“Maybe they misunderstand what is going on in Venezuela. It’s a dictatorship. There’s no power separation and more than 400 political prisoners that have been prosecuted like me. It’s a new dictatorship.”
Sanders has been heavily criticized for not calling Maduro a dictator.
During CNN town hall in February, Sanders was asked why he hasn’t labeled Maduro a dictator, he said he believes there are still some “democratic operations” taking place in that country:
“But there are still democratic operations taking place in their country. The point is, what I am calling for right now is internationally supervised free elections.”
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“Let me be very clear: Anybody who does what Maduro does is a vicious tyrant.”
There has been extensive reporting on the brutal crackdown on political dissent in Venezuela. In July, the United Nations issued a report stating that Maduro’s regime has sent “death squads” to kill dissidents.
According to the report, security forces have often planted evidence such as weapons to make it appears as though the victims resisted arrested.
Thus far, Sanders has not accepted Guerro’s challenge to go to Venezuela.