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

Venezuela’s Evangelical Christian Movement for Venezuela (Mocev) is a union of men and women who believe in God. Established in 2017, the movement has become a key 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 plays an active role in religious acts, government events, and actions by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (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. The movement is led by Pastor Moisés García, who is also a deputy in the National Assembly for the PSUV.

The relationship between Mocev and the Maduro regime goes beyond symbolism, with the movement actively participating in religious acts, 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 separating Church and State. Meanwhile, religious persecution and violence against Christians in Venezuela have been reported by organizations monitoring religious freedom. Despite this opposition from some evangelicals groups to their alliance with Maduro’s regime

By Samantha Jones

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