During his trip to Dublin, Ricardo Galindez met with Jack O’Connor, President of the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), who committed himself to building stronger links between the Irish unions and the UNT in Venezuela.
Ricardo Galindez spoke at a meeting at the offices of the AT&GWU, the biggest meeting on Latin America ever hosted there, with 115 people attending.
The working class must be the vanguard of the revolution.” In a mood of revolutionary enthusiasm, president Hugo Chavez spoke to the workers, bought Alan Woods’ Marxist books and stated that “if Bolivar were alive today he would be a socialist.”
Two successful Hands Off Venezuela meetings were organised this week in France by the Marxist journal La Riposte, which has been supporting the campaign since the very beginning.
On Thursday afternoon, October 21, around twenty activists from the Hands Off Venezuela solidarity campaign gathered outside the Venezuelan consulate in London. They brought with them a surprise guest: George “Christopher Columbus” Bush, who had Tony Blair sitting atop his shoulder in a puppet form. They were there to hear about three protesters in Caracas who have been jailed for toppling... a Columbus statue.
Thanks to the visit of Jorge Martin, the coordinator of the Hands off Venezuela Campaign earlier this year, the socialist public service union (ACOD) of the Belgian province of Limburg has decided to take up the issue of the Bolivarian revolution.
The Hands Off Venezuela campaign public meeting held on September 7 in Portcullis House (Houses of Parliament annex) was very successful with around 70 people attending, among them a sizeable group of the local Bolivarian Circle. The meeting also attracted a sizeable number of trade unionists and youth, who were keen to understand what is going on in Venezuela. It was of particular importance as it was the first time that a public debate was being held in London since the recall referendum took place on August 15.