In Pakistan the crisis in the power sector has affected the whole society for many years. Long power cuts and ever increasing electricity bills have made the lives of ordinary people hell. One of the main reasons for all this was the privatisation of the power generating sector many years ago.

The international solidarity campaign organised by the Hands Off Venezuela campaign and the Bolivarian Congress of the Peoples coinciding with the National Assembly elections in Venezuela was a resounding success. More than 30 events were organised in 20 different countries, and nearly 1500 people from 65 different countries signed the solidarity appeal.

As the misery in the flood affected areas continues, so do the efforts of the PTUDC. In the present situation where the water has started to recede, the problems of people at large have started to increase with unprecedented levels of hunger, inflation, disease and unemployment.

Where local landlords and bourgeois politicians have tried to defend their economic interests at the expense of the flood victims, the comrades of the PTUDC have given a lead in organising the masses in committees to run the relief effort themselves. This shows what is possible when a revolutionary lead is given.

More reports have come in from the activities organised and called for by Hands Off Venezuela and the Bolivarian Congress of the Peoples. Read the latest reports from Britain, Italy and Brazil.

Around the world Hands Off Venezuela and Congreso Bolivariano de los Pueblos activists expressed their solidarity with the revolution in Venezuela. In 18 countries hundreds of workers and youth gathered in meetings and other activities to discuss the upcoming elections and spread information about the revolution.

Toronto Young New Democrats, together with other local community groups, recently held an event in support of the efforts of the PTUDC in providing relief for the flood victims in Pakistan in a true spirit of international solidarity.

Pakistan is facing a great humanitarian disaster due to recent floods. Millions of people have lost everything. The whole state infrastructure has collapsed. This flood has exposed the farce of capitalist development. Ruling classes of Pakistan are responsible for this. They have destroyed lives of millions of people through their corruption, mismanagement negligence and impotency. According to United Nations more than 3 million people have not received any aid yet; the real figure is much more than that.

“The worst monsoon-related floods in recent memory”: this is how he U.N. has described the recent calamity in Pakistan. The mighty Indus River, once the cradle of one of history’s earliest civilizations has devastated the land to which it gave birth. The irresistible force of the floods has washed away the ancient ruins that had stood there for thousands of years.