On November 8, the Hands Off Venezuela campaign welcomed into its ranks the Hungarian-Venezuelan Solidarity Association (HVSA), who after a period of close collaboration and discussions had decided to join HOV. This is a welcome addition to our campaign and we look forward to stepping up the solidarity work with these comrades.
On 10 November the workers of Alborz Lastic, the partly privatised tyre factory, protested outside the President's Office in Tehran. Despite the heavy rain and the cold weather around 800 Alborz Lastic workers took part in this protest and chanted slogans continuously.
Come and hear Jesus Pino from the Revolutionary Front of Steel Workers (SIDOR). He is speaking at the Hands Off Venezuela National Conference in London in less than two week’s time. He will speak about the struggle to nationalise the steel industry and the fight for workers’ control in Venezuela. The nationalisation of SIDOR earlier this year was a direct outcome of a militant struggle by the steel workers themselves. This shows the direction that the Venezuelan Revolution is taking and highlights the need to complete the tasks of expropriating the Oligarchy.
In June 2008 almost 2000 Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane workers gathered at a general meeting to form their independent trade union. On 22 October, they held elections for members of their union's Steering Committee.
The 1400 workers of Alborz Lastic, formerly Kian Tyre, have not been paid for the past six months. On 5 October hundreds of workers from the plant protested in front of the Labour Ministry in Tehran. They demanded their backpay and full nationalisation of the company.
Yesterday saw an impressive show of solidarity for the Miami Five in front of the US embassy at London's Grosvenor Square. About five hundred people turned up to the annual candlelit vigil organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in Britain. Hands Off Venezuela joined the protest, which marked the 10th anniversary of the arrest of these five courageous men.
On September 26, HOV-Greece hosted a debate about the recent events in Venezuela and Bolivia and the future of the revolution in Latin America. The discussion took place at the Immigrant Club, with about 80 supporters of the campaign present, including workers, students and left wing party activists.
Some hundred people
gathered in front of the US
embassy in Brussels
last Friday. The immediate reason for this protest was the central role played
by the US in the recent
‘civic bosses coup’ against the left government of Bolivia.
Belgian oil worker union activists recently visited Venezuela, witnessing the situation in the Venezuelan trade union movement directly, at PDVSA but also in the wider community, getting a taste of both the advances of the revolution and the problems.
In response to coup plotting in both Bolivia and Venezuela, the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign, together with several other Latin American solidarity organisations, organised a picket outside the US Embassy in London followed by a highly successful public meeting, where all speakers and participants condemned the manoeuvres of US imperialism and pledged themselves to keep up the solidarity activity.