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A narrow victory for the Venezuelan revolution — what next?

venezuela maduro election victoryThis past weekend, Nicolás Maduro, the candidate of the Bolivarian revolution, secured a narrow victory over the right-wing candidate, Henrique Capriles, in the Venezuelan presidential elections. Capriles and the right-wing are alleging fraud and yesterday, attempted to foment a coup to overthrow the Venezuelan government. This shows that now, more than ever, the gains of the revolution must be defended and that the oligarchy needs to be expropriated.

 

80 people turn out to discuss the revolutionary life of Hugo Chavez in Montreal

On Wednesday April 3rd, over 80 people crammed into a classroom at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to hear about the revolutionary legacy of Hugo Chávez and the prospects for the revolution moving forward. The outpouring of grief from millions — not just from Venezuelans but from workers all over the world — has demonstrated what Chávez and his ideas meant to the oppressed sectors around the planet.

Crowd of 80 gather at the University of Toronto to discuss the legacy of Hugo Chavez

80 people turned out for a discussion on the life and legacy of Hugo Chavez at the University of Toronto on Tuesday evening, eager to hear perspectives about where the Venezuelan revolution goes from here.  The gains of the revolution, and its inspiration for working-class struggle around the world, have been very evident in the week since the Venezuelan president died.

Venezuela: The presidential elections and the tasks of the revolution

venezuela chavez coffinIt is a week now since the death of Hugo Chávez and there are still kilometre-long queues of people coming from all over the country to pay their last respects. Presidential elections have been called for April 14 and the mood is turning angry at the provocations of the oligarchy. The deep feeling of pride and dignity, which ordinary working people have gotten from participating directly in the revolution and defending it against the repeated assaults of the oligarchy and imperialism, created a very powerful bond with the president.

 

Over 70 gather in Toronto for rousing celebration of Hugo Chávez's life

Over 70 people crammed into the Yellow Griffin Pub in Toronto’s west end to celebrate the life of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.  The fact that so many people came out on a few hours’ notice demonstrates the effect that Chávez and the Bolivarian revolution have on the lives of people around the world. The evening, organized very quickly by Hands Off Venezuela and the Toronto Bolivarian Circle “Louis Riel”, was quite sombre when everyone first arrived.  However, the sprits in the room rapidly improved as one after another, folks spoke up to talk about what Chávez and the revolution meant to them.

Hugo Chavez is dead: The fight for socialism lives!

chavez salute blue backgroundHugo Chavez is no more. The cause of freedom, socialism, and humanity has lost a courageous champion. The human body is a fragile thing. It is easy to destroy with a bullet or a disease. All humans are born to die. But there is no force on earth that can destroy an idea whose time has come. Hugo Chavez the man is no longer with us, but he lives on. We pledge ourselves to do everything in our power to step up the fight for socialism in Venezuela and throughout the world. That is the only way forward; the only way to honour the memory of Hugo Chavez. Carry out the legacy of Hugo Chavez, not in words but in deeds!

CUPW president's letter to Jim Karygiannis: Hands off Venezuela!

The Hands Off Venezuela campaign has received this letter, written by Denis Lemelin, the president of the 54,000-strong Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).  Comrade Lemelin addresses himself to Jim Karygiannis, the Liberal member of Parliament, who has launched a campaign of lies and distortions about the Venezuelan revolution.  We urge readers to continue the letter-writing campaign, and to continue to spread the genuine achievements and state of affairs in Venezuela.

Hands Off Venezuela: Jim Karygiannis forced to reply to letter-writing campaign

Hands Off Venezuela's campaign, aimed at Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis' remarks about the Venezuelan revolution, has been a great success so far! Dozens of letters have come in, calling upon Karygiannis to withdraw his lies and attacks against the Venezuelan government.  And, the letters continue to arrive!  The letter campaign has been taken up in earnest on social media, and has now forced Karygiannis to issue a reply.  We encourage people to continue to write in, and force individuals like Karygiannis to witness the large reserve of support that the Venezuelan revolution has internationally.

Letter writing campaign: Liberal Party attacks Venezuela

Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis has recently launched a vile campaign of lies and slander against the Venezuelan government.  On his website, Karygiannis calls for the "return of true Democracy" [sic] to Venezuela.  We are re-publishing the following appeal from the Hands Off Venezuela campaign and encourage everyone to write in, to counter the deliberate campaign of misinformation.

Campaign of the Venezuelan opposition is provoking a revolutionary backlash

venezuela masses redTaking advantage of Chavez’s ill health, the Venezuelan oligarchy and imperialism have renewed their campaign of destabilisation against the Bolivarian Revolution. Since the beginning of the year, and even before, the Venezuelan right wing opposition has unleashed a vicious and disgusting campaign of rumours and lies about President Chavez’s real condition with the aim of removing him from office. The aim of this campaign is to achieve what the oligarchy could not get through the ballot box (nor through previous coups, conspiracies, lockouts, etc): the end of Chavez’s presidency which would deal a serious blow to the Bolivarian revolution. They risk unleashing the wrath of the workers and the poor.