CARACAS, VENEZUELA —
Venezuela's president is comparing treatment of his government's officials abroad to that of Jews in Nazi Germany.
President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday night criticized Venezuelan expatriates who have been harassing or yelling at Venezuelan officials abroad, or who use social media to post photos of the socialist officials living it up overseas while the country's people are struggling with economic crisis.
The Venezuelan leader declared, "We are the Jews of the 21st century."
Maduro also suggested that the huge protests that have convulsed the nation for six weeks are similar to the rallies Nazi leader Adolf Hitler presided over in the 1930s.
The South American country's socialist administration often characterizes the organized opposition as "fascist," and has recently been accusing opponents of trying to stage a coup.