Shining a brighter light on Venezuela

People who’ve lived in communist regimes have seen the Venezuela story before. Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon explains why some of them hope more people will be exposed to this Latin American cautionary tale.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is asking major news networks to bring attention to the violent tactics being used by the Socialist regime in Venezuela.

Media attention on Venezuela has been sparse, as the country is on the brink, with a food shortage, an inflation rate as high as 800 percent, and violent crackdowns and the detention of thousands of protesters who oppose President Nicolas Maduro.

Four more people were killed [Tuesday], adding to the more than 40 dead and 750 injured since protests began in March.

Marion Smith, the executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, sent letters to the heads of CBS, NBC, and ABC on Tuesday asking the networks to adequately cover the violence and failures of the socialist country, which he says is closer than ever to becoming a communist regime.

“Venezuela has descended into complete and utter chaos as a result of a brutal, socialist government whose citizens are starving under its tightening grip every day,” said Smith. “Make no mistake, this is a humanitarian disaster and socialist policies are to blame.”

Smith said Venezuela’s Marxist experiment began in 1999 and has transformed the Latin American country from one of the most prosperous in the region into a nation that has no access to toilet paper.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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