Venezuela

An imperialist coup d'état attempt is underway in Venezuela. On 10 January, President Maduro was sworn in for a new term of office. He had won the election on May 20. At that time, one section of the opposition decided to participate and another to boycott the elections. On 11 January, Juan Guaidó, the president of the opposition National Assembly (in contempt since 2015), refused

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Venezuelan Communist Party leader, Luís Fajardo, was killed on the evening of Wednesday 31 October, as he was returning home with his brother-in-law, Javier Aldana, who was also killed in the attack. Both men were riding a motorbike at 9pm when they were struck by a burst of gunfire from a moving vehicle. They were peasant activists and communist militants involved in the struggle for agrarian reform in the South of the Maracaibo Lake region and had already asked for protection as they had

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At 5.41pm, 4 August, a powerful explosion was heard near the rostrum from which Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro was addressing a parade at Bolivar Avenue in Caracas to mark the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard. President Maduro was unharmed, but seven members of the National Guard were injured.

The aggravation of the economic crisis is making life unbearable for working people in Venezuela. The destruction of the purchasing power of wages has been combined with the collapse of all basic infrastructure (water, electricity and public transport). Workers in different sectors have started to organise and protest, demanding higher wages; while peasants in the countryside are fighting attempts to destroy Chavez's agrarian revolution.

The Venezuelan elections on 20 May were merely an episode in a long saga of imperialist aggression, economic crisis and the deterioration of living conditions for the working class and poor. The reelected Maduro government has continued its policy of making concessions and appeals to the capitalists. If it wasn’t for the escape valves provided by subsidised food parcels, migration and the dollar-based economy, the situation would have led to a social explosion already. The mood of the

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John Wight of Sputnik Newsinterviewed Jorge Martin, secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign, to discuss the significance of President Maduro's re-election, given the crisis afflicting the Bolivarian Revolution and the nefarious influence of western imperialism.

Jorge Martin appeared on Chicago-based radio station, This is Hell!, reporting on the re-election of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, amidst a history of US influence in the elections and a deepening economic crisis, and examining the two futures for the Bolivarian revolution: forward and beyond the Maduro government's aims, or backwards into the hands of oligarchs.

Nicolas Maduro was re-elected for another term of office in the Venezuelan presidential election on Sunday 20 May. The majority of the reactionary opposition, with full support from Washington and Brussels, had called for a boycott, which led to a very low turnout in the middle-and-upper-class areas of the main cities. Their demand that the elections be cancelled was echoed by right-wing governments in the region. This meant that many in the working-class and poor areas turned out to vote

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Venezuela is being bombarded from all sides by imperialist intervention and the impacts of the world crisis of capitalism. But the current leadership of Maduro and the PSUV bureaucracy is not offering a way forward. The Bolivarian revolution needs a new leadership, forged from the mass movement of workers and peasants, and based on a genuinely socialist programme.

As the Venezuelan presidential election on 20 May draws closer, the campaign of imperialist aggression by the US and its allies intensifies. The aim is clear: to implement regime change. At the same time, the economic crisis gripping the country has reached intolerable levels for the workers and the poor, and the government’s policies are impotent to resolve the situation. A revolutionary alternative is required, one capable of fighting the right wing andshowing a real way out of

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Today marks the anniversary of the defeat of the coup that attempted to remove President Hugo Chavez from power in 2002. Within 48 hours, reaction was defeated by a magnificent movemenet of the Venezuelan masses. Here we reproduce the analysis of those events written by Ted Grant and Alan Woods, originally published on 14 April 2002.

Han pasado cinco años desde la muerte de Hugo Chávez. Lo conocía desde hacía casi diez años y sentía un gran respeto por su valor, honestidad y dedicación en la lucha contra la opresión y la explotación. Por esto se ganó el odio de todas las fuerzas de la vieja sociedad: los banqueros, los capitalistas y terratenientes, los imperialistas, la CIA y, por supuesto, la llamada "prensa libre" que no es más que la boquilla servil de la antigua orden.

Five years have passed since the death of Hugo Chávez. I had known him for almost ten years and had an enormous respect for his courage, honesty and dedication to the fight against oppression and exploitation. For this he earned the hatred of all the forces of the old society: the bankers, capitalists and landowners, the imperialists, the CIA and of course the so-called ‘free press’ that is merely the slavish mouthpiece of the old order.

Queda claro que en las últimas semanas el imperialismo estadounidense y sus países lacayos han aumentado la agresión contra Venezuela. El objetivo es público y declarado: propiciar un golpe de estado que derroque el gobierno del presidente Maduro y permita a la oligarquía capitalista volver a tomar control. Es necesario responde con medidas revolucionarias que golpeen el poder económico de la oligarquía, los agentes del imperialismo el país.

It is clear that US imperialism and its lackey countries have increased aggression against Venezuela in recent weeks. The aim has been declared publicly: to trigger a coup d'etat against the government of President Maduro and allow the capitalist oligarchy to take control again. It is necessary to respond with revolutionary measures that strike a blow at the economic power of the oligarchy: the agents of imperialism in the country.

The economic situation facing the masses in Venezuela has suffered a sharp turn for the worse over the Christmas period. The problems that already existed have worsened, with prices spiralling out of control, a further collapse of the transport system and an aggravation of scarcity (of food, fuel and cash). This has led to scattered protests and incidents of looting.

Venezuela en los actuales momentos es escenario de un proceso de descomposición social sin parangón en la historia nacional. Problemáticas como la brutal escasez de productos de primera necesidad, la hiperinflación y la insuficiencia de los salarios, combinadas a su vez con el colapso generalizado de los servicios públicos, han alcanzado niveles tormentosos e insoportables para las familias trabajadoras cuya capacidad para seguir resistiendo los embates de la crisis económica comienza a

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As was expected, Venezuela’s municipal elections on December 10 produced a landslide victory for the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV). It won 308 out of 335 local councils winning in 23 out 25 state capitals. The opposition, which stood divided and largely boycotted the election, only managed to win two significant local councils, those of San Cristobal, the capital of Táchira and Libertador, the capital of Mérida.

Al ritmo de balancines petroleros resuena uno de los mayores escándalos de corrupción revelados en la historia de nuestro país. En los últimos meses, la empresa estatal Petróleos de Venezuela S. A. (PDVSA) ha sido objeto de múltiples investigaciones por casos de sobornos, sabotajes y malversaciones de recursos, que involucran a altos gerentes de todas sus filiales nacionales, como también en su subsidiaria en territorio estadounidense, Citgo. Tras la destitución de Luisa Ortega Díaz del

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[NOTA: este artículo fue escrito antes de las elecciones municipales del 10 de diciembre] El hecho de que los principales partidos de oposición venezolanos hayan decidido boicotear las elecciones municipales del 10 de diciembre ha abierto el espacio para el surgimiento de candidatos que representan el ala revolucionaria del movimiento bolivariano contra los candidatos seleccionados oficialmente del partido gobernante PSUV. La burocracia y el estado han respondido utilizando todo tipo de

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El teórico marxista galés, dirigente de la Corriente Marxista Internacional, Alan Woods analiza la coyuntura actual en la que se encuentra la revolución bolivariana y brinda su apoyo a la campaña de Eduardo Samán para la alcaldía de Caracas.

LONDRES. La Corriente Marxista Internacional expresa su apoyo a la campaña de Eduardo Samán a la alcaldía. Activistas de la Corriente Marxista Internacional, de la campaña de solidaridad Manos Fuera de Venezuela (Hands Off Venezuela) y de la Federación de Estudiantes Marxistas de Gran Bretaña (Marxist Student Federation) expresaron su apoyo a la campaña de Eduardo Samán.

 The fact that the main Venezuelan opposition parties have decided to boycott the December 10 municipal elections has opened the space for candidates representing the revolutionary wing of the Bolivarian movement to stand against official hand picked candidates from the ruling PSUV party. The bureaucracy and the state have responded by using all sorts of tricks to prevent them from running. The campaigns of Eduardo Samán in Caracas and Angel Prado in Simón Planas (Lara) have brought

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En Caracas se está librando una batalla política de primer orden, de cara al futuro inmediato del movimiento revolucionario, no sólo de la ciudad capital, sino de todo el país. Esta batalla se está expresando de forma concreta en la campaña por la alcaldía de Caracas, en la que se están enfrentando dos candidatos principales.

Last month the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (“PSUV”) won a decisive electoral victory in the face of an extremely difficult economic and political situation. However, despite temporarily stabilising the political situation in Venezuela, this victory has done nothing on its own to alleviate the growing tensions in Venezuela. Meanwhile, the pressures of inflation and the shortage of goods which have been weighing heavily on the masses for several years require an urgent

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El día jueves 9 de noviembre, un conjunto de organizaciones sindicales clasistas y de organizaciones políticas de izquierda revolucionaria, que vienen articulándose desde hace un mes en un frente de lucha unitario de la clase obrera en la ciudad de Caracas, efectuaron una contundente protesta en el Ministerio del Trabajo, llegando incluso a trancar durante aproximadamente tres horas los accesos del edificio sede de la institución.

El pasado domingo, contra muchos pronósticos, el Psuv logró una victoria contundente sobre la MUD en los comicios regionales. De los 23 estados que componen la geografía nacional, el Psuv obtuvo la victoria en 18, incluyendo estados de importante población urbana como Carabobo y Aragua, y reconquistando estados como Miranda y Lara, que habían estado por casi una década en manos de la oposición, mientras que la MUD tan sólo logró la victoria en 5, incluyendo tres estados fronterizos, a

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Una victoria contundente de la MUD el próximo domingo, obteniendo la mayoría de las gobernaciones del país, incluyendo aquellos estados que contienen los principales centros urbanos de la nación, sería un golpe nefasto para la revolución, que sentaría las bases para una nueva ofensiva violenta de la contrarrevolución con miras a derrocar al gobierno y aplastar a la revolución. Los marxistas de Lucha de Clases nos oponemos totalmente a ello, por lo que llamamos una vez más a las masas a

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The fascist bourgeois opposition, with the support of North American and European imperialism, threatens to crush the Venezuelan revolution and to wreck its achievements. The fascist attacks, in working-class neighbourhoods and against Chavista, are a taste of what is to come if the opposition takes power. This ultra-reactionary opposition must be defeated now, and only the workers’ revolutionary initiative can achieve this.

En una demostración sin precedentes los trabajadores y sectores populares venezolanos, expresaron como nunca antes las reservas revolucionarias que anidan en ellos. 

Con un resultado de 8.089.000-votantes que dijeron sí a la Asamblea Constituyente, la misma vuelve a darle un respiro a la revolución, ante el cerco que hace años sostienen los capitalistas venezolanos y el imperialismo yanqui y europeo.

La oposición burguesa fascista, con apoyo del imperialismo norteamericano y europeo, amenaza con aplastar la revolución venezolana y destruir sus conquistas. Los ataques fascistas en los barrios obreros y contra todos los chavistas son una demostración de lo que vendrá si la oposición toma el poder. Estos preparan un baño de sangre. Esa oposición ultrarreacionaria tiene que ser derrotada ahora, lo que sólo la iniciativa revolucionaria de los trabajadores puede hacer.

Even before the National Election Council had announced the results of Sunday’s Constituent Assembly elections in Venezuela, the opposition and western imperialism had already declared there had been massive fraud and that they would not recognise the legitimacy of the Assembly. Since then, they have piled up pressure on all fronts. What is to be done?

The Venezuelan opposition, backed by Washington and Madrid, has launched an all out offensive to prevent Sunday's Constituent Assembly elections form going ahead. We stand firmly against this reactionary attempt which can only be defeated by revolutionary means.

Venezuela’s reactionary opposition had put all their weight behind a “consultation” which was supposed to show that an overwhelming majority of Venezuelans not only reject Maduro’s proposed Constituent Assembly, but also want the Army to intervene and the formation of a “national unity government”. Their mobilisation on the day was sizeable, but fell far short of their own expectations. The real news was the massive turnout, on the same day, for the official dry run of the Constituent

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The Venezuelan opposition is stepping up its campaign with a “sovereign consultation” on Sunday July 16. The three questions asked in this consultation are about the legitimacy of the Constituent Assembly the government has called for, the need for the armed forces to intervene and remove the government and the formation of a so-called “government of national unity”. The opposition has announced that the consultation on July 16 will be the “zero hour” for a national, permanent and open

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Oscar Alberto Perez

Le cose in Venezuela cambiano giornalmente, a volte di ora in ora. Ieri, 27 giugno, un ufficiale di polizia ha preso il controllo di un elicottero e ha attaccato gli edifici del Ministero dell’Interno, della Giustizia e della Corte Suprema, trasmettendo allo stesso tempo un appello perché altri si unissero per rovesciare il governo di Maduro.

Oscar Alberto Perez

Las cosas en Venezuela están cambiando día a día, a veces cada hora. Ayer, 27 de junio, un oficial de policía se hizo con un helicóptero y atacó los edificios del Ministerio del Interior y Justicia y de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, al mismo tiempo que hacía un llamamiento para que otros se unieran y derrocaran al gobierno de Maduro.

Oscar Alberto Perez

As coisas na Venezuela mudam de um dia para o outro; às vezes, de uma hora para outra. Dia 27 de junho, um oficial de polícia se apossou de um helicóptero e atacou os prédios do Ministério do Interior e Justiça e da Suprema Corte de Justiça, enquanto transmitia um apelo para que outros se juntassem a ele e derrubassem o governo de Maduro.

Oscar Alberto Perez

En la tarde de ayer, un grupo de efectivos del Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (CICPC), llevó a cabo una intentona golpista en la ciudad de Caracas, a fin de tratar de impulsar una sublevación general de un sector de las FANB contra el gobierno.

Oscar Alberto Perez

Things in Venezuela are changing by the day, sometimes by the hour. Yesterday, June 27, a police officer commandeered a helicopter and attacked the buildings of the Ministry of Interior and Justice and the Supreme Court of Justice, at the same time broadcasting an appeal for others to join in and overthrow the government of Maduro.

It is eighty-five days since the beginning of the current right-wing offensive backed by imperialism  against the Venezuelan government of President Maduro, which has left 85 people dead. So far the reactionary opposition has not achieved any of its aims. As its ability to gather large numbers of people in the streets has diminished, rioting has become increasingly more violent and deadly. The government has called Constituent Assembly elections on July 30, which will be a major test

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 A meeting in Brussels under the title "what is really hapenning in Venezuela" had a turn out of 85 people despite threats from Venezuelan opposition supporters to disrupt it. 

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