The American Jewish Congress commends President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador for aligning with the United States and with all those that support freedom and democracy in Venezuela.
President Bukele recognized the evident truth that Nicolas Maduro’s government is illegitimate and ordered all Venezuelan diplomats serving the Maduro regime to leave El Salvador. In his statement, El Salvador’s President reiterated his decision to recognize Juan Guaido as interim President of Venezuela and condemn the actions of Maduro. This is a bold and decisive action from President Bukele, whom we had the honor to host at our 2018 International Mayors Conference in Israel, when he was serving as Mayor of San Salvador.
Since assuming office, Maduro has degraded democracy in Venezuela by rigging elections. Furthermore, he has recurred to violence and has jailed civil society representatives and political opponents. Two years ago, a victim of Maduro’s repression was Mayor Antonio Ledezma, the former Mayor of Caracas and a former participant in our International Mayors Conference. Together with other opposition leaders, Mayor Ledezma was unjustly arrested by Maduro, as part of the latter’s ongoing campaign to repress dissent and discourage the Venezuelan opposition.
The American Jewish Congress invites other countries in Latin America to follow the courageous example of President Bukele. We will continue to support a democratic Venezuela and its freedom-loving people.