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N.Y.’s New Mayor Active Supporter of Brutal Communist Regime

The new mayor of New York City (Bill de Blasio) was an active supporter of a brutal communist regime well known as one of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.

It’s not information likely to be featured in the mainstream media, which has largely focused on de Blasio’s community organizing and work on behalf of the less fortunate. After all, he says the middle class is in danger of disappearing and he’s vowed to increase taxes for the rich, create more affordable housing and end the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy because it disproportionately effects minorities.

This may all sound fantastic, but there’s a very dark side to New York’s mayor-elect who will be sworn in with a galaxy of stars on New Year’s Day, according to a local newspaper. The shindig will include a Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist, a hip-hop mogul, several 0scar-winning actresses and a leftwing activist (Harry Belafonte) who is the self-professed leader of the American socialist revolution.

De Blasio was an active supporter of the communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua in the 1980s, according to information uncovered by Judicial Watch. He was so enamored with Soviet-backed revolutionaries that he traveled to the capital city of the war-torn country, Managua, to aid their cause by participating in a relief mission. Upon de Blasio’s return to the United States, he joined the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York (NSN).

JW examined the records of the NSN at the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, located on the campus of New York University (NYU) in the Greenwich Village section of New York City.  The archive is also the NYU “Reference Center for Marxist Studies.” According to the archive record guide: “The Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York (1985-2002), and its member organizations worked to support the Sandinista Revolution and to protest U.S. support of the counter-revolutionary military movement, aka the Contras, who also killed civilian supporters of the revolution, targeting medical and educational personnel in particular.”

The records show de Blasio was an ardent supporter of the communist revolutionaries in Nicaragua, who raised funds for the Sandinistas and was a subscriber to the party’s newspaper, “Barricada” (The Barricade). He traveled to Nicaragua in 1988 and became active in the NSN upon his return to the U.S. New York’s future mayor has been unapologetic about his involvement with a foreign Marxist political movement accused of slaughtering innocent civilians and practicing the “disappearance” technique of eliminating political foes.

In fact, the Sandinistas were renowned as one of Latin America’s worst human rights violators. During three years of revolution they carried out thousands of political executions and the disappearance of thousands more who were considered anti-revolutionary, according to a Russian-born scholar cited in a news article. By 1983 there were about 20,000 political prisoners held in the Marxist regime’s jails, the highest number of political prisoners of any nation in the hemisphere with the exception of Fidel Castro’s communist Cuba.

Incredibly, actively supporting this hasn’t hurt de Blasio’s political career. In 1996 he ran the Clinton-Gore campaign in New York State. Then he served as the senior Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official for the New York/New Jersey region from 1997 to 1999.  During that period, HUD was defrauded of more than $70 million in de Blasio’s region. That didn’t stop the Clintons from tapping him to run Hillary Clinton’s successful 2000 U.S. Senate campaign.  De Blasio subsequently served on the New York City Council and as Public Advocate, the city’s second-highest elected official




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