As riots rage, refugees from socialist countries warn Americans: Don’t let it happen here

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When Cuban refugee turned multimillionaire entrepreneur Maximo Alvarez spoke at the Republican National Convention last month, he warned of the creeping authoritarianism and socialism emanating from the modern left.

“I’m speaking to you today because I’ve seen people like this before. I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before and I’m here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country,” he said, triggering some Democrats.

“I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who could have been me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill.”

A month later, numerous additional voices have echoed his warnings, including Elizabeth Rogliani, a Venezuelan immigrant who sees disturbing parallels between the rhetoric of deceased Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez and the rhetoric of the modern left.

In the TikTok video seen above and originally uploaded three months ago, Rogliani said that when growing up in Venezuela, she witnessed many of the same trends — statues being toppled, street names being changed — that she’s now seeing here.

“Statues came down. Chavez didn’t want that history displayed. And then he changed the street names. Then came the [school curricula]. Then some movies couldn’t be shown, then certain TV channels, and so on and so forth,” she said.

“You guys think this can’t happen to you, I’ve heard it so many times. But always be on guard. Never believe something can’t happen to you. You’ve got to defend your country and your society or it will be destroyed.”

Her point about school curricula was particularly prescient:

Remember, she posted her TikTok video three months ago …

She and Alvarez aren’t alone in seeing the signs. Roberto Bendana, a Nicaraguan immigrant who fled the Central American nation after revolutionary socialists took power in 1981, has seen the same.

“What we see now has all the same characteristics as I saw there … violence, looting, damaging private property. Even the flags! The protesters here in the U.S. are using the red and black flags,” he said to Fox News this week

He was referencing the flag used by Antifa extremists.

Perhaps the most disturbing connection observed thus far is the one between the modern American left and the cruel, barbaric Red Guards of deceased Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, whom Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has quoted on multiple occasions.

“The riots, looters, destruction of properties, it’s so familiar. It’s scary to me because I went through that,” Lily Tang Williams, a Chinese immigrant who survived Mao’s “Cultural Revolution,” said to Fox.

“The people who attack small businesses in cities — you see them take private property, and they say, ‘we deserve this. This is reparations.’ And it’s just – this is the Marxist way. It’s an excuse at the barrel of a gun.”

As another example, Williams pointed to the dangerous left-wing mantra that “silence is violence.”

“You cannot even keep silence. You have to publicly agree with them. It’s fundamentally not American. The tactics they use are very Marxist and communist. They did this in China. Everybody had to be PC,” she said.

“Free speech, and free thoughts and ideas — that’s what makes America great. We don’t have to agree with each other all the time, but we should be able to have a civil discussion. I have friends who attended Republican National Convention. They got harassed, just walking out. Thank goodness they were not harmed … But it is scary.”

Among the Republican National Convention attendees who were harassed, harangued and almost attacked last month were Sen. Rand Paul and his wife:

Williams added that the primary problem is ignorance, in that Americans — particularly young Americans — have no clue what socialism really means.

“People here are allowed to peacefully protest. The protesters do not appreciate the freedom they have in this country. … They have not suffered from hunger, real poverty,” she said.

The same applies to so-called police brutality. While there are a few instances of police brutality and corruption in America, the left would have you believe that brutality and corruption are staples of American law enforcement. But that’s not true.

In countries where brutality and corruption do reign supreme, life is nothing like it is here, as the following comment from a Daily Wire reader perfectly articulates:

While it’s not clear where exactly Miss Joy resides, it’s certainly not in the United States of America …

Listen to Alvarez’s original warning below:


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