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The political prisoner Rodney Alvarez suffered a knife attack while in jail in Venezuela on July 6, 2019.

By CSP-Conlutas Media Workgroup

 

Rodney is an innocent man kept in jail for 8 years due to a frame-up.

On June 9, 2011 a steelworkers’ mass meeting at Ferrominera del Orinoco gate 1 was disrupted by union thugs led by the secretary for finances Héctor Maicán.

The mass meeting was called to appoint democratically the scrutineers’ commission for the union elections.

Witnesses and camera captured the moment when Maicán pulled a gun and shot three people. One of them died. Maicán was arrested on the spot.

Three days later Maicán was set free and Rodney Alvarez was arrested on murder charges.

The former Bolivar State governor Francisco Rangel Gómez is known to have put pressure on the public prosecutor to set Maicán free and to arrest Rodney.

Rodney is a worker and an activist in Ferrominera. He was far away from the shots.

In fact, former President Hugo Chavez used to resort to judicial indictment in order to persecute union leaders and activists.

In that year, 2011, the general secretary of Ferrominera steelworkers’ union, Rubén Gonzalez, denounced that 200 union leaders were under judicial indictment for standing for workers’ rights.

CSP-Conlutas condemns union busting in Venezuela and demands Rodney Álvarez to be set free immediately together with all political prisoners.