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.

The challenges facing the Venezuelan Revolution

The overwhelming victory of Chávez in the presidential elections last December marked a new shift to the left in the Venezuelan revolution, followed by the setting up of the PSUV, nationalisations, workers' control, enabling power. In a speech at the summer school of the International Marxist Tendency, Jorge Martin analysed the stage the revolution is at, the dangers it faces and outlined the way forward.

The current counter-revolutionary offensive in Venezuela – what it means and how to defeat it

The non-renewal of the broadcasting licence to private TV station RCTV in Venezuela has been used by the oligarchy and imperialism to unleash the coup-plotting campaign they were unable to launch at the time of the December 3rd elections. Despite all the hue and cry over “freedom of expression” the real aim of the oligarchy in Venezuela is to create a situation of chaos, violence and confusion.

Venezuelan nationalizations -- What do they mean for socialists?

Chavez has announced sweeping measures of nationalisation. This represents a big step forward for the Venezuelan revolution and would be a serious blow against capitalism and imperialism. Big enemies are lining up to stop this process, the most dangerous being inside the Bolivarian movement itself. It is now time to go all the way and put an end to capitalism in Venezuela and spread the revolution to the rest of Latin America.
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