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"Hands Off Venezuela" launched in Ottawa

Wednesday May 24th saw the successful launching event for Hands off Venezuela Ottawa. 30 local activists and people interested in the processes taking place in Venezuela and Latin America were present to see a screening of "The Old Man and Jesus: Prophets of Rebellion".

Jorge Martin wraps up North American tour in Toronto

On 18 May, Jorge Martín completed his North American speaking tour with an event at the University of Toronto. There was a great attendance of about 75 people, including a large number of youth. Laureano Cardozo, the Cuban consul-general in Toronto, also made a special appearance.

In meeting with Chavez and Morales - Debate over socialism at Alternative Forum in Vienna!

After the historical meeting at the Arena cultural centre in Vienna, Hugo Chavez was once again the main attraction, this time at the closing meeting of the Alternative Forum. This meeting took place in a hall with a capacity of around 1300 people on Saturday afternoon, and it was absolutely packed! Apart from Chavez, the main speakers on the platform were Evo Morales, Carlos Lage, the Vice President of Cuba, Joao Pedro Stedile, the main leader of the Movimento Sem Terra in Brasil and Jose Bové, the well-known French anti-globalisation leader.

Successful meeting with Jorge Martin in Vancouver

On Tuesday 9th May the Jorge Martin speaking tour stopped in Vancouver, Canada. 85 people packed into the room to hear Tamara Hansen (Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba) and Jorge Martin (International Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign) speak at a forum titled “Hands Off Venezuela and Cuba!”

"Hands Off Venezuela" welcomes Chávez in Vienna

President Chávez arrived in Vienna yesterday, May 11, ahead of the EU-Latin America summit which takes place today. However, Hugo Chávez will not only be speaking with Europe's "high society" and political leaders. He will also be speaking to the workers and youth of Austria. Last night around 200 activists welcomed him with a militant "¡Rumbo al socialismo!" – "Forward to socialism!"

Jorge Martin Speaks in Edmonton, AB

On May 4th 2006, Jorge Martin, Hands Off Venezuela International Campaign Secretary, spoke in Edmonton, Alberta as a part of his speaking tour in Canada and US. This event was jointly organized by the New Democratic Youth of Alberta (NDYA) and Fightback (www.marxist.ca).

QUEBEC: Hands off Venezuela takes to the streets in Montreal

“You need to get out of here now or these people will kill you.” This was the earnest and forceful advice given my friends and I about three minutes after we arrived at Montreal's Venezuelan consulate on August 15, referendum day in Venezuela. There were only three of us - my roommate Albert with his camera, Macdonald, a pro-Chavez activist, and I - waiting to be joined by a group of others who shared our views on events in Venezuela. Our intention was to demonstrate support for pro-Chavez voters, signs in hand. (September, 2004)

Ontario Federation of Labour passes resolution endorsing Hands Off Venezuela

The Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents over 700,000 workers, unanimously passed a resolution in support of Venezuela at its November 21st – 25th convention. This success is the culmination of several months of organizing activity by Hands Off Venezuela activists in Canada and is an important step forward for the Venezuela solidarity movement. (by Hands Off Venezuela Canada)


Hands Off Venezuela endorsed by the North and South Okanagan Labour Councils

Following some major successes in both Alberta and Ontario (including the recent endorsement by Canada’s largest regional trade union federation, the Ontario Federation of Labour), Hands Off Venezuela has begun making inroads in the British Columbia Labour Movement. The campaign was endorsed last week by both the North Okanagan Labour Council and the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council. Both Councils made generous donations and committed to further support the campaign, by hosting a film screening in the case of the South Okanagan, and by taking the campaign back to their respective union locals in the North. (by Hands Off Venezuela Canada)