The connection between Maduro and evangelicals in Venezuela within the Christian movement

The Role of Religion in Venezuela’s Political Turmoil: The Evangelical Christian Movement for Venezuela and its Support for Dictator Nicolás Maduro

Established in 2017, the Evangelical Christian Movement for Venezuela (Mocev) is a union of men and women who believe in God. The movement has become an important part of Chavismo within the Venezuelan evangelical community, particularly during election periods. With around 5 thousand associated pastors and a presence in all 24 states of the country, Mocev actively participates in religious acts, government events, and actions by the PSUV.

During the 2018 Venezuelan presidential elections, Mocev openly supported the re-election of dictator Nicolás Maduro, endorsing the continuation of the regime started by late dictator Hugo Chávez. This relationship between Mocev and the Maduro regime goes beyond symbolism, with the movement actively participating in government events and actions by the PSUV. During election periods, Mocev offers local evangelical leaders to hold rallies that target support from evangelicals, particularly the poorest members of society.

However, not all Venezuelan evangelicals align with Mocev’s position. The Venezuelan Evangelical Council, established in 1972, emphasizes the importance of separating Church and State. Meanwhile, religious persecution and violence against Christians in Venezuela have been reported by organizations monitoring religious freedom.

As the country approaches presidential elections scheduled for July 28th, dictator Maduro has intensified his campaigning alongside evangelicals and Mocev. This election cycle has seen increased persecution against the opposition, with Maduro seeking divine intervention from evangelical pastors to lift international sanctions imposed on Venezuela. Furthermore

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