|Franklin Brito ( September 5, 1960 – August 30, 2010)|
|Notice of expropriation|
|Franklin Brito on his farm prior to it being seized in 2003.|
Franklin Brito's ability to provide for his family was crippled when the Chavez regime took his land. The politicized courts in Venezuela, unwilling to provide a just decision, left him in a desperate situation.
Despite its widespread violation there is a right to private property, it is an internationally recognized human right, in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.Human rights and the rule of law exist in order to provide justice and protect those without power from the abuse of the powerful. Both have been long absent in Venezuela.
|Sowed his mouth shut in 2004 protesting the Chavez regime.|
The Venezuelan regime said Brito was mentally unstable because he had sown up his mouth and cut off one of his fingers on live television protesting the seizure of his land.
|Franklin Brito protested Chavez regime's property seizure|
Franklin Brito exhausted every nonviolent recourse and was driven to the final option: six different hunger strikes that began in 2004.
|Franklin Brito on hunger strike holds up photo of himself prior to start.|
"I am not doing this strike for something material or because persons have behaved badly towards me - that one could say are corrupt. I am doing this strike for dignity and justice. I believe that these are the greatest values that a human being should have."Brito was taken by the military on December 13, 2009 held at the Military Hospital "Dr. Carlos Arvelo" in Caracas. He was taken under the excuse of protecting his health, but was subjected to cruel and unusual practices that rose to the level of torture and compromised his health.
|Military Hospital "Dr. Carlos Arvelo"|
Franklin Brito started having breathing problems attributable to the negligent performance of doctors who, through a procedure executed inefficiently, pierced a lung, which resulted that this be filled with water; in this procedure he also suffers havoc in the glottis, generating difficulties in speaking. Is worth noting that this occurs in mid-July, eight months after a Criminal Court decided that only under the custody of state his life could be safe.Franklin Brito died on August 30, 2010 in the Military Hospital "Dr. Carlos Arvelo" in Caracas.
The tactics Hugo Chavez used, questioning the mental stability of Franklin Brito, weaponizing medical care to break him down both physically and psychologically using torture then smearing him, in death, were copied from the Castro regime's repertoire.
In Cuba Pedro Luis Boitel (1972), Orlando Zapata Tamayo (2010) and Wilman Villar Mendoza (2012) all died on hunger strikes protesting their unjust imprisonment and ill treatment while in the custody of regime officials.
In his last interview, Franklin Brito called on Venezuelans to be the authors of their own destiny and not rely on politicians.
Franklin Brito's family stated that he stood for "the struggle of the Venezuelan people for property rights, access to justice, for living in freedom."
Nine years later and the wisdom of his advice and his courageous stand become more evident with each passing day.