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  • A campaign demanding Marco Rubio's resignation is demanded on Twitter after he posted a death threat to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

    A campaign demanding Marco Rubio's resignation is demanded on Twitter after he posted a death threat to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 February 2019

Netizens on Twitter are demanding the resignation of the U.S. Senator Marco Rubio after his death threat to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

A campaign demanding Marco Rubio to resign is storming on Twitter after the right-wing United States Senator from Florida posted a picture of the lynching of former Libyan revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi as a death threat to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Rubio posted a cryptic Twitter Sunday afternoon, featuring two photos of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi- one, a smiling portrait; the other, a gruesome capture of the president’s savage and violent death after a U.S. militarized intervention in 2011.

Posted without a description, context, or explanation, Rubio’s message was quickly taken as a threat against Maduro, who the senator has openly criticized numerous occasions while endorsing a U.S. militarized intervention in the South American nation in spite of international condemnation.

Some netizens asked for a ban on his Twitter account.

Rubio is known for his interventionist agenda in Venezuela. Last February the infamous Republican lawmaker suggested his support for a military coup in Venezuela and even dared to use the words of Simon Bolivar in his favor.

Tariq Ali, a renowned historian, political activist, journalist, writer, and journalist also called for legal action against Marco Rubio. 

He spoke about the “need” to "protect the people & restore democracy by removing a dictator," posting a series of quotes by Latin American liberator Bolivar in Spanish. Among them, one claimed "it is always noble to conspire against tyranny," and another reads "when tyranny is the law, rebellion is a right."

He also visited the Colombia-Venezuela border in mid-February and made several comments against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The senator was part of a U.S. delegation visiting the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where “humanitarian aid” was being stockpiled for planned delivery to Venezuela.

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