US pop icon Madonna hit out at Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, accusing his government of "fascism" over its handling of nationwide protests.In a post alongside a picture of Maduro on image-sharing social network Instagram, Madonna accused the Venezuelan leader of human rights violations, while also condemning authorities in Russia and Ukraine.
Madonna wrote, "Apparantly (sic) Maduro is not familiar with the phrase "Human Rights"! Facism (sic) is alive and thriving in Venezuela and Russia. The Ukraine isn't far behind!"
Venezuela has been gripped by weeks of protests that have left at least four people dead.
Demonstrators are angry over rampant street crime, runaway inflation, corruption and bleak job prospects in the country with the world's largest proven oil reserves.
Apparantly Maduro is not familiar with the phrase "Human Rights"! Facism is alive and thriving in Venezuela and... http://t.co/flSihs3h4T— Madonna (@Madonna) February 20, 2014
Maduro, who took office after the death of
last year, has claimed the protests are part of a conspiracy to overthrow his government.