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Detained a trade union leader by organizing protests in Venezuela

The venezuelan authorities jailed Ruben Gonzalez, well-known trade union leader opponent, secretary-general of the trade Union of Workers of Ferrominera del Ori

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Detained a trade union leader by organizing protests in Venezuela

The venezuelan authorities jailed Ruben Gonzalez, well-known trade union leader opponent, secretary-general of the trade Union of Workers of Ferrominera del Orinoco, a state enterprise dedicated to the exploitation and marketing of iron ore, a division of the Venezuelan Corporation of Guayana.

Gonzalez was arrested in the early hours of Saturday with another group of leaders who were with him, while he was returning from a protest in Caracas, heading to Puerto Ordaz, the city where he resides, to 800 kilometers from the capital. The workers denounced the breach of the collective bargaining agreement of the company on the part of the Government of Nicolas Maduro. The leader was stopped on the highway by military personnel in the city of The Tiger.

most of the companions of Gonzalez, were released. Officials of the General Directorate of Counterintelligence, Military (Dgcim), he was transferred shortly after to the Jail of la Pica, in the neighboring state of Monagas, a center for common prisoners of high hazard. Nine other trade unionists who were in the protest were taken to the colonies moving to El Dorado, judicial center to the south of the country.

Although it is still unknown what it accuses González, trade union sources indicate that he will face a military trial. The arrest and detention of Gonzalez, a leader of civil opposition that already had to suffer threats and sieges in the times of Hugo Chavez, have caused huge concern in the civil society of the country. The Government of Maduro clenches his fist and makes to know the weight of their own power, while the economic and social situation of the country comes to unconscionable levels of chaos and decay.

This is the second time that Rubén González is sent to prison because of their activities in protest at the so-called “zone of iron”. In 2009, he was jailed for a year and a half for reasons relatively similar to the current one, and in 2011, Vdcasino they faced the eventuality of study 9 years in prison before being pardoned by the Supreme Court of Justice.

Andrés Velásquez, the party of Radical Causes, political opposition leader formed in the gates industrial corporations of steel, issued an angry protest on his Twitter account: “The self-proclaimed president worker-refers to Mature - he lashes out against the workers: the persecuted and imprisoned for defending rights. I crushed the salary. He destroys jobs. The ruins. Denied freedom and democracy of the trade unions".

During this time, González has been leading angry protests with their peers, in the which cries out for better wages and working conditions in the ruined industrial emporium of the iron and steel industry in venezuela, the CVG, which is owned by the state.

in the companies In the steel, iron and aluminium in the country, in whose paychecks there were many supporters of Hugo Chavez, there is a situation of paralysis, and growing discontent with the current situation. The government of Maduro, meanwhile, seeks to strengthen its presence in spaces which considers it strategic deepen the policy of “workers ' control”.

In the past few weeks have registered sound demonstrations in the city of Puerto Ordaz, seat of these industrial spaces, in which they have locked tracks and paralyzed activities as measures of protest

The Human Rights NGO Provea also spoke about the arrest to Gonzalez, claiming that their trial in military courts “is a serious violation of human rights, and reiterates that the dictatorship in its efforts to stay in power will continue to increase the number of political prisoners. Ruben is a new political prisoner of the dictatorship.”

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