Manu Chao, the popular singer, has sent the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign a longtext (in Spanish) in solidarity with the venezuelan people and calling for amassive participation in the referendum and to vote to defend the Bolivarian revolution.

We are publishing two articles that appeared in the Pakistani daily paper, The Jang, written by the well known Pakistani journalist and TV director Munnoo Bhai and one of the most widely read columnists in Pakistan. They would have reached between 20-25 million people in Pakistan and around the world. The Daily Jang is the largest circulation paper in Pakistan. Munnoo Bhai wrote his first column in a daily newspaper on June 1, 1954. The second article is thus his golden jublee column written on the 50th anniversary of his column writing. There has been a tremendous response and Munnoo Bhai has received hundreds of phone calls supporting the position he has taken on Venezuela.

On May 1, taking advantage of the International Day of the Working Class, Hands Off Venezuela Campaign held a public meeting after the May Day Demonstration in Central London. Alan Woods, editor of Marxist.com, eyewittness of the Venezuelan Revolution and one of the speakers of II International Solidarity Gathering in Venezuela gave us a really inspiring talk on what the real current situation is in that country.

Readers of Marxist.com will be aware of the fact that a few weeks ago President Chavez of Venezuela dedicated 20 minutes of his “Alo Presidente” TV programme to our web site and ourHands off Venezuela campaign. Last Sunday evening we were once again on this programme, but this time there were five comrades of the international Marxist tendency on the show. This shows the growing role of the Marxist tendency in the process of the Venezuelan revolution and the international solidarity movement Hands off Venezuela.

An appeal of the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign against the increasing interference of US imperialism in Venezuela in the run up to the decision of the National Electoral Council on the signatrues collected by the opposition to call a presidential recall referendum. Please circulate and sign this statement.

This article was first published in the British daily, the Morning Star (March 26, 2004) in its Features section: True Labour - The voice of the majority, under the title Hands off Venezuela. We are publishing it to make it available to a wider international readership. It is important to highlight that the article is written by John McDonnell, chairman of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs. (March 30, 2004)