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)

On Tuesday, March 23, supporters of the Hands off Venezuela (HOV) campaign visited Venezuelan embassies around the world. They expressed their solidarity with the Bolivarian revolutionary process and also their concern at US imperialism’s interference in Venezuelan internal affairs. They condemned US manoeuvres to back the right-wing “opposition” in its attempts to remove the democratically elected President and government of the country.

On Monday, April 15, two "piqueteros" were wounded at a road block protest in front of the town hall in Lanus, by a police agent provocateur riding a motorbike with no license plates who fired on the crowd. This is the most serious provocation by the police so far against the unemployed workers' movement. We urge all our readers to send messages of solidarity.