Since ‘Chavismo’ progressively established a dictatorship in Venezuela many military and social leaders have been killed, suffered forced disappearances, torture or have had to leave the country due to the persecution of the regime headed by Maduro.
Some of the most prominent cases are those of General in Chief Raúl Isaías Baduel, Major Generals Cliver Alcalá Cordones, Miguel Rodríguez Torres, Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios and Major General Jesús Alberto Milano Mendoza, among many others.
However, the regime has not only persecuted military personnel, but also social leaders who at one time were on the side of Chavismo, such as Alcedo Mora or the detained Rodney Álvarez and trade unionist Rubén González.
One of the most emblematic cases of forced disappearance committed by the dictatorship is that of the social leader Alcedo Mora Márquez together with the Colombian brothers Jesús Esneider and Eliezer Antonio Vergel Medina. The regime decided to disappear Mora and his three companions on February 27th, 2015, because he was going to file a complaint about alleged acts of corruption in PDVSA.
According to different NGOs, in Venezuela there are 150 workers, social leaders in prison, disappeared and/or in house arrest, who in most cases belonged to companies controlled by the dictatorship and expressed their rejection to the regime.
All these numbers reflect how Maduro’s dictatorship has shown no mercy, not even to those who once served him, as evidenced once again by Nelson Pablo Martínez, former president of CITGO, Minister of Petroleum and president of the state-owned PDVSA, who died in December 2018, after not receiving timely medical attention in the basements of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence. He suffered an infected heart valve that evolved into septicemia with renal, hepatic, cardiac, cerebral and circulatory failure, becoming one more mortal victim of a long list during Maduro’s dictatorship.