If anyone has been humiliated, abused and cheated by the Chavez Government, it has been Franklin Brito. But at the same time, Mr. Brito has responded with amazing strength and dignity, going on hunger strikes in front of the Supreme Court and the OAS, asking for something very simple: Justice.
Mr. Brito first incited the wrath of the Mayor of his municipality in Bolivar State, where he was a teacher and a farmer, when he suggested that rather than using pesticides, they could simply change the strain of “ñame” (yam) they were growing. Mr. Brito was fired, together with is wife (They are still owed salary and severance from their teaching jobs) and his farm was taken over.
Mr. Brito went on a hunger strike and the Government relented, his salary would be paid and his land returned…
It was never done.
Then Mr. Brito went on another hunger strike. The Land Institute signed an eleven point agreement with him….
It was never complied with.
Then Mr. Brito went on a 150 day hunger strike in fron of the OAS that left him in really bad shape and ended with the Government agreeing to return his land. Mr. Brito gave up his hunger strike, spent a few days in intensive care, but..
the agreement was not complied with and two days ago, Mr. Brito went back on his hunger strike at the OAS.
Then, last night at 1:30 AM, Mr. Brito was kidnapped by the Metropolitan Police and the Fire Department and was taken while he refused to go to the Military Hospital, where he is now being held against his will according to his lawyer. The Government claims they are protecting Mr. Brito’s life, but the truth is he has been officially kidnapped by the Government in an attempt to block his right to protest and denounce the abuses of his rights and the lies by the Chavez Government.
Mr. Brito’s protest was getting too inconvenient and visible.
His wife has now gone on a hunger strike at the OAS, but Mr.Brito remains held against his will at this time.
Such is the state of Injustice and abuse of power under Hugo Chavez, you can be held against your will, in violation of the laws of the Land and the Constitution.