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Freddy Bernal is the ex-mayor (2004–2008) of the Libertador Municipality in Caracas, Venezuela and a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).[1] As of April 2016, he is currently the national coordinator of Local Committee for Supply and Production (CLAP).[2]

Freddy Bernal
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Bernal in 2003
National Coordinator of Local Committee for Supply and Production (CLAP)
In office
April 3, 2016 – present
Preceded byoffice created
Mayor of Libertador Municipaly
In office
July 30, 2000 – November 30, 2008
Preceded byAntonio Ledezma
Succeeded byJorge Rodríguez
Personal details
Freddy Alirio Bernal Rosales

(1962-06-16) June 16, 1962 (age 56)
San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela
Political partyUnited Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) (from 2007)
Fifth Republic Movement (until 2007)


Law enforcementEdit

Prior to becoming a politician, the BBC says he "commanded a notorious metropolitan police elite corps known as the Z Group".[3] In October 2014, President Nicolás Maduro made Bernal head of a newly created presidential commission concentrated on police reform.[4] President Maduro stated that the goal of the commission led by Bernal was to review both CICPC and the Bolivarian National Police.[5]

Political careerEdit

The BBC described Bernal as President Hugo Chavez's "most trusted mayor in Caracas", adding that the "opposition regard him as ultra-revolutionary".[3] Bernal was also a leader of the Bolivarian Circles.[6]


In an 18 March 2015 interview with Globovisión, Bernal was asked "Can a homosexual be a police officer?" to where he replied, "Yes ... so long as they don’t manifest their sexual preference publicly. Because imagine if a police officer that might want to wear a pink shirt, or wear lipstick. I think that that, at least in Venezuela, I don’t know in other places, doesn’t go with our culture.[4] He then attempted to clarify, stating "I have nothing against sexual diversity ... But they couldn’t manifest it publicly, because it goes against the structure of what a police officer should be."[4] Bernal's remarks raised concerns of homophobia in Venezuela among the Venezuelan and the international LGBT communities.[4][7][8]



On 22 September 2017, Canada sanctioned Bernal citing a rupture of Venezuela's constitutional order.[9][10]

United StatesEdit

On 9 November 2017, United States renewed sanctions against Bernal originally imposed in September 2011 against him and three other Venezuelan individuals, extending them to nine other politicians.[11][12]


On 29 March 2018, Bernal was sanctioned by the Panamanian government for his alleged involvement with "money laundering, financing of terrorism and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction".[13]


  1. ^ "Bernal: El 26 de septiembre será como un nuevo 13 de abril". El Universal (in Spanish). 13 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
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  3. ^ a b "Venezuela: Chavez's key backers". BBC. 19 March 2004. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Bayetti Flores, Verónica (19 March 2015). "VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT OF POLICE REFORM COMMISSION MAKES HOMOPHOBIC REMARKS". Feministing. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  5. ^ M. Rodríguez T., Carmen (30 October 2014). "Freddy Bernal estará al frente de la Comisión para la reforma policial". El Universal. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  6. ^ Nelson, Brian A. (2009). The silence and the scorpion : the coup against Chávez and the making of modern Venezuela (online ed.). New York: Nation Books. pp. 20–22. ISBN 1568584180.
  7. ^ Arenas, Vanessa (18 March 2015). "Activistas: "Para ser homosexual no hay que pintarse los labios ni vestirse de rosado"". Efecto Cocuyo. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  8. ^ Parant, Paul (19 March 2015). "Au Venezuela, un policier peut être gay… s'il le cache". Têtu. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Venezuela sanctions". Government of Canada. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Canada sanctions 40 Venezuelans with links to political, economic crisis". The Globe and Mail. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
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  13. ^ "Estos son los 55 "rojitos" que Panamá puso en la mira por fondos dudosos | El Cooperante". El Cooperante (in Spanish). 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
Preceded by
Antonio Ledezma
Mayor of Libertador Municipality
Succeeded by
Jorge Rodríguez