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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
Born
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)

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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]

ControversyEdit

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]

SanctionsEdit

CanadaEdit

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]

PanamaEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bernal: El 26 de septiembre será como un nuevo 13 de abril". El Universal (in Spanish). 13 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  2. ^ http://albaciudad.org/2017/01/clap-1-945-000-familias-2016/
  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.
  11. ^ https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1295.aspx
  12. ^ https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20171109.aspx
  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
2000–2008
Succeeded by
Jorge Rodríguez