Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried met with Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado to discuss the state of democracy in Venezuela after the suspension of last month’s primary election results.
The 45 minute conversation, moderated by former Democratic National Committee member Leopoldo Martinez, included updates from Machado on the fight for free and fair Venezuelan elections, the status of the Maduro regime’s political prisoners, and how Americans can support the Venezuelan people.
“Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have settled in Florida, looking for a better life than what they’ve been offered by Maduro’s authoritarian regime,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “In order to have freedom of voice, freedom of choice, and freedom of speech, you must be able to elect leaders who truly believe in public service and in giving back to the people. It was my honor to meet with Maria Corina Machado today, and I celebrate the work she’s done to bring freedom and democracy to her people.
“As long as Maduro refuses to abide by the terms of the Barbados agreement, we will call for President Biden to reimpose sanctions and penalties against his corrupt regime. The people of Venezuela deserve to decide their future in free and fair elections.”
Other Florida Democratic Party representatives in attendance included former Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and Democratic National Committee member Samuel Vilchez Santiago.