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April 7, 2017, Brigadier General Ángel Omar Vivas Perdomo got up before dawn.
One thousand 138 days had elapsed since February 23, 2014, the last time he
could leave his house in the neighborhood of Prados del Este, in Caracas. Three
years, one month and thirteen days with the torture of knowing that as soon as
he set foot on the street he would be arrested by order of President Nicolás
Maduro. Three years, one month and thirteen days doing the same as always after
badly sleeping a few hours in the early morning, with the certainty of knowing
that one day, his executioners would handcuff him.
left his room, walked to the guest room of his big house and took the Bible as
soon as he stepped through the doorjamb. From the window of the room an
intricate and wooded patio is observed, where the general spent most of his
forced confinement, taking care of a small vegetable and fruit garden, and a
piece of sky. At that time it was not clear yet. The general drew the curtain
and repeated the routine well known to his wife Estrella Vitora: open the Bible,
read its pages and find in its passages explanations to the condemnation of
living under siege without believing that a crime has been committed. "That
morning my husband told me that he had asked God to stop the injustice of living
harassed. He was already tired of this situation," recalls Vitora many days
after her husband was taken into custody.