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[From HoV] - Report from the Hands Off Venezuela Jorge Martin West Coast Tour - Part 1

Between May 6th and May 10th Hands Off Venezuela held events in Portland Oregon, Olympia Washington and Victoria BC, before finishing up with the Western Canada HOV conference in Vancouver. It was a very successful tour which defended the Venezuelan revolution as well as laying the base for the formation of a number of HOV groups around the Pacific Northwest.

Vancouver and District Labour Council endorses "Hands Off Venezuela" campaign

After a brief discussion, the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC) voted unanimously to endorse the Hands Off Venezuela campaign.  The Vancouver and District Labour Council has historically been behind every progressive movement in the city. Their support for the Bolivarian Revolution and the government of Hugo Chavez will go a long way to help educate workers about events unfolding in Venezuela.

Chavez re-nationalises SIDOR – historic victory for the workers

After the cement industry, now Chavez has nationalised SIDOR with its 15,000 workforce. This has come about thanks to the pressure of the SIDOR workers who were able to contact Chavez directly. The decision is a correct one. It must now be followed by a general nationalisation of the commanding heights of the Venezuelan economy and finally complete the revolution.

On the assassination of Raúl Reyes and the Colombian government’s aggression

The assassination of Raúl Reyes and 18 other FARC guerrillas exposes the real intentions of the Colombian state and the US government. With this massacre, the Uribe government and American imperialism aim to derail the negotiations over the release of hostages and thus deny any peace in Colombia, and at the same time for more acts of aggression against the unfolding revolution in Venezuela and Ecuador.

Colombia Assassinates FARC Leader, Violating Ecuador's Sovereignty

In an early morning attack on March 1, 2008 Colombian military forces made an incursion into Ecuadorian territory and murdered several FARC-EP guerrillas, including spokesperson Raúl Reyes. The goal of this operation was to undermine the progress that had been made with Colombia’s government and the FARC-EP as a result of Chávez’s mediation efforts.

Toronto event report and video – "Where now after the referendum defeat?"

On Tuesday 11th December, over 70 people packed into the debates room of University of Toronto's historic Hart House, to hear a lively panel discussion on the aftermath of the Venezuelan constitutional referendum. The event was organized by Hands Off Venezuela, the Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle, Venezuela We Are With You, and the U of T NDP Club. Greg Albo from York University chaired the event and Mirna Quero de Peńa, the Toronto Venezuelan consul, was present for the discussion.

Venezuela: The referendum defeat - What does it mean?

The proposals for constitutional change have been defeated by 50.7% to 49.3%. The opposition hardly increased its absolute vote, but there was a high level of abstention. This is a warning. The masses are demanding decisive action not words! It may be that this defeat will have the opposite effect. It can rouse the masses to new levels of revolutionary struggle.

Venezuela on December 2: for an overwhelming yes vote

On Sunday the Venezuelan people are voting in the referendum on constitutional reform. A massive “yes” vote would strengthen the revolution. The oligarchy, imperialism, all the forces of reaction have lined up behind the call for a “No” vote. This is not the time to sit on the fence. All genuine revolutionary forces must rally behind the call for a “Yes” vote. Also check out the Hands Off Venezuela blog that will cover this over the weekend.

Chavez threatens to destroy the bourgeoisie

Last week Chavez met several worker delegations and made one of his most radical speeches ever, explaining that the aim of the revolution is to change the relationships in the workplace, to plan production, to take over piece-by-piece the functions of the government and to finish up by destroying the bourgeois state. A clear indication of how polarised the situation has become in the build-up to the December 2 referendum.

Venezuela: counterrevolution raises its head - Heinz Dieterich and General Baduel

The Marxists have long argued that the only way forward for the Venezuelan revolution is to strike blows against the counterrevolutionary bourgeoisie, by expropriating the bankers, landlords and capitalists, etc. However, there are other voices saying rather different things. One of the most persistent of these voices is that of Heinz Dieterich, who has been waging a noisy campaign in favour of what he calls “Socialism of the XXI Century” - a strange kind of socialism indeed in that it differs very little from capitalism.
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