The Evangelical Christian Movement for Venezuela (Mocev) is a community of men and women who believe in God, founded in 2017. With about 5,000 affiliated pastors present in all 24 states of the country, Mocev has become a key part of Chavismo within the Venezuelan evangelical community.

During election periods, Mocev openly supports the re-election of dictator Nicolas Maduro, supporting the continuation of the regime started by the late dictator Hugo Chávez. The movement’s leader, Pastor Moises García, is also a member of the National Assembly of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

The relationship between Močev and the Maduro regime goes beyond symbolism as Motsev actively participates in religious acts, government events and PSUV actions. During election periods, Motsev offers local evangelical leaders to hold rallies aimed at evangelical support, especially among poorest members of society.

Not all Venezuelan evangelicals agree with Mochev’s position on political affiliations. The Venezuelan Evangelical Council, founded in 1972 emphasizes the importance of separation between Church and State. Meanwhile religious persecution and violence against Christians in Venezuela have been reported by organizations that monitor religious freedom.

As Venezuela approaches presidential elections scheduled for July 28th this year, dictator Maduro has intensified his campaign alongside evangelicals and Motseva. This election cycle has seen increased persecution of opposition candidates and Maduro has sought divine intervention from evangelical pastors to lift international sanctions imposed on Venezuela. Additionally there were announcements of new benefits for the evangelical community further strengthening their alliance with government powers.

By Samantha Johnson

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