Venezuela

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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Donald Trump has promised "fire and fury like the world has never seen" and will not rule out a first strike against nuclear-armed North Korea.

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. 

The calling of a National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has been issued in the middle of one of the worst offensives of the counter-revolution and imperialism in the last eighteen years. In this political situation, the convening of a Constituent Assembly has awoken important revolutionary aspirations among sections of the workers’ and people's vanguard, who are ready to fight to elect deputies to the Constituent Assembly who come from the rank and file and defend a programme of revolutionary

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Marea Socialista states that the main problem facing Venezuela is the authoritarian shift of the Maduro government. Starting from a wrong premise they reach conclusions which are completely mistaken and put them on the wrong side of the barricade. Let’s see.

La convocatoria a la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente se ha efectuado en medio de una de las peores ofensivas de la contrarrevolución y el imperialismo en estos 18 años. En ése marco político, la convocatoria a Constituyente a despertado aspiraciones revolucionarias importantes entre sectores de la vanguardia obrera y popular, que están dispuestos a dar la batalla política de cara a las elecciones del próximo 30 de Julio para posicionar dentro de la ANC a diputados de la base obrera y

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Il 23 maggio scorso il Presidente Maduro ha annunciato le regole per la convocazione dell’Assemblea Costituente e allo stesso tempo ha fatto appello al Consiglio elettorale nazionale (CNE) per convocare le elezioni regionali, che erano state sospese dal 2016.

Il CNE ha annunciato che le elezioni per l’assemblea costituente si terranno alla fine di luglio e quelle regionali ( per

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A convocação da Assembleia Constituinte e das eleições Regionais foi respondida com uma escalada da política de “mudança do regime” por parte da oposição. Este é um momento crítico para a Revolução Bolivariana na Venezuela.

Em 23 de maio, o Presidente Maduro anunciou as regras para a convocação da Assembleia Constituinte e, ao mesmo tempo, pediu ao CNE (Conselho Nacional Eleitoral) para convocar as eleições regionais que estavam suspensas desde 2016.

The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela is facing its most challenging times. The right-wing opposition, backed by the United States, is engaged in a full-blown “regime change” campaign, with violent protests occurring daily for over 2 months and resulting in over 50 casualties. The chavista supporters of the government have also taken to the streets in defence of the Bolivarian Revolution, and President Maduro surprised everyone by calling for a Constituent Assembly. To better

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El martes 23 de mayo marcó un nuevo punto de inflexión en la crisis venezolana. La convocatoria de elecciones a asamblea constituyente y regionales fue respondida con una profundización de la política de “cambio de régimen” por parte de la oposición. Son momentos críticos para la revolución bolivariana.

La révolution bolivarienne au Venezuela est confrontée à l’une de ses plus graves crises depuis l’élection de Chavez en 1998. Pendant 40 jours, le gouvernement a été l’objet de protestations violentes quasi continues, menées par l’opposition de droite, et combinées aux provocations de Washington et des gouvernements de droite latino-américains. Le but est clair : renverser le gouvernement par tous les moyens.

De Bolivariaanse revolutie in Venezuela heeft met de ergste crisis af te rekenen sinds de verkiezing van president Chávez in 1998. De rechtse oppositie voert de voorbije 40 dagen ononderbroken gewelddadige protesten aan tegen de regering en de provocatieve verklaringen van Washington en rechtse Latijns Amerikaanse regimes doen er nog een schepje bovenop. De bedoeling is duidelijk: de huidige regering met alle mogelijke middelen ten val brengen!

El Primero de Mayo, cientos de miles de personas marcharon en Caracas en defensa de los derechos de los trabajadores y la revolución bolivariana. Los medios de comunicación internacionales, que han prestado mucha atención a Venezuela y tenían corresponsales en Caracas ese día, fueron unánimes en su silencio. Ni una sola mención a la manifestación. Aquí va mi crónica.

On May Day, hundreds of thousands marched in Caracas in defence of workers' rights and the Bolivarian revolution. The mass media internationally, which has been paying a lot of attention to Venezuela and had correspondents in Caracas at the time, was unanimous in its silencing of this demonstration. Here's my account. 

El presidente Maduro ha convocado a la realización de una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente. ¿Qué papel jugará este proceso en la actual crisis que vive la Revolución Bolivariana? Permitirá la Constituyente radicalizar hacia la izquierda de manera definitiva la revolución, derrotando así a las fuerzas de la reacción burguesa e imperialista de una vez por todas, o será este nuevamente un proceso político estéril, como ocurrió con el Congreso de la Patria? El siguiente artículo constituye el

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Durante su discurso en una masiva manifestación bolivariana el 1º de mayo, el presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, ha anunciado la convocatoria de una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, que describió como una asamblea obrera y comunal. La oposición venezolana ha rechazado inmediatamente esto como parte del “golpe de estado del régimen” y ha hecho un llamamiento a favor de una escalada de las protestas.

During his speech at a massive Bolivarian May Day rally, Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, has announced the convening of a National Constituent Assembly, which he described as a workers’ and communal assembly. The Venezuelan opposition has immediately rejected this as part of the “regime’s coup” and has called for an escalation of protests.

“C’è stato un colpo di stato in Venezuela! Maduro ha cercato di prendere tutto il potere!”. A pochi giorni dal quindicesimo anniversario del colpo di stato (di breve durata) contro Chavez il presidente democraticamente eletto (11-13 aprile 2002), gli stessi che avevano portato avanti quel glope (ovvero l’oligarchia venezuelana e i loro padroni di Washington con il proprio seguito di tirapiedi a Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Santiago del Cile e Lima, applauditi da quel branco di lupi che sono i

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“There’s been a coup in Venezuela! Maduro has carried out a power-grab!” Just a few days before the 15th anniversary of the short lived coup against the democratically elected president Chavez (11-13 April, 2002), those who carried out that coup (the Venezuelan oligarchy, their masters in Washington and its lapdogs in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Santiago de Chile and Lima, cheered on by the media wolf pack in Madrid and the US) are now shouting and screaming like hyenas against an alleged “self

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The Bolivarian Revolution is at one of its lowest points since President Chávez’s electoral victory in 1998. On top of the defeat in the December 2015 National Assembly elections, the aggravation of the economic situation is impacting the mass of the working people—who are the base and support of the revolution. It is time to draw a serious balance sheet.

The statement by president Obama that Venezuela represents an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to US “national security” represents an important escalation in imperialist meddling against the Bolivarian revolution.

We received an interesting letter from a reader of Marxist.com, an ex-minister of the Catholic Church, about the case of Nixon Moreno. Nixon is the leader of a Venezuelan right-wing students' movement. He has been "studying" for 12 years at the Los Andes University (Merida) where he set up his movement called M-13.

There was a very successful presentation of Alan Woods' book in the Sidor plant, which has been nationalized by Chávez, with 550 Sidor workers attending the launch of Reformism or Revolution and many workers showing a keen interest in the ideas of Marxism and the Marxist Tendency.

One thousand people marched yesterday through the main streets of Caracas, in what was the largest demonstration in favour of the expropriation of an occupied factory that has ever taken place in Venezuela. This was truly an historic march. It was the real and genuine spirit of the working class taking over the streets of Caracas and pointing the way the revolution must advance.

After occupying Sanitarios Maracay, the workers have created new organisational forms for the running of the factory. The Assembly of workers is the highest decision making body, and has elected a 21-member Factory Committee, who are subject to the right of recall at any time by the Assembly, to organise production at the plant. The workers have also held meetings with workers from occupied factories in Brazil and Venezuela in order to learn from the experiences of other workers in the

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On Monday, August 28, a public screening of a new documentary about workers' control in Venezuela was held at the Teressa Carreño in central Caracas, with the support of the Ministry of Culture. More than 250 people turned up to see "5 Factories - Workers' Control in Venezuela", a film produced by two Italian filmmakers, Dario Azellini and Oliver Ressler.

On April 4, workers from occupied factories and factories under cogestión (workers' control) marched in Caracas from the National Assembly to the Miraflores presidential palace. The march had been organised by the recently created Revolutionary Front of Workers of Factories Occupied and under Workers' Control and included delegations from several occupied factories.

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