On Sunday, July 6, a
very successful Kashmir regional congress of "The Struggle" ‑ the International
Marxist Tendency in Pakistan
‑ was held at Rawalakot, in the Poonch district of "Azad Kashmir". Over a
thousand delegates, members and close contacts attended the congress.
Delayed by Chavez's earlier invitation, Alan Woods visited the State of Barinas on Friday, where
he spoke at several meetings with more than 800 people attending, among them
the local leadership of the PSUV and many rank and file activists. In all the
meetings there was huge interest in the ideas of revolutionary Marxism.
On July 2, Alan Woods appeared on Venezolana de Televisión, Venezuela's
main state-owned TV channel, interviewed by Vanessa Davies on her well-known
programme, "Contragolpe", where he explained his views on the FARC in Colombia. Yesterday
he was invited by president Chavez to a caravan with the revolutionary people
in Nueva Esparta.
Alan Woods’ successful speaking tour to launch Reformism or Revolution arrived in Caracas. More than 100 people, workers, students and political leaders of the Bolivarian movement filled the Rouge convention hall of the Hotel Alba. We had the honour to have as a presenter Adán Chávez, candidate for the governorship of Barinas, who is the former minister of Education and former ambassador to Cuba.
Around 400 people turned up at Alan Woods' meeting in Merida, among them a
large number of activists and revolutionaries of the city. As one of them said
at the end, "the reformists want to demoralize and confuse people. I have
listened to others who criticize them but they are downbeat. Alan is different,
he charges your batteries, encourages you to fight."
Woods’ successful speaking tour to launch Reformism
or Revolution arrived in San Cristobal,
the capital of Táchira state, on Saturday, June 28. More than 250 youth, workers and
peasants filled the Ali Primera Auditorium in Pueblo Nuevo (San
We have just received the sad news of the death of Terry
Fields, a Militant supporter and Labour MP for Liverpool Broadgreen (1983 -92).
He died over the weekend after a long struggle with cancer. Terry is remembered
by all the comrades who knew him as a true class fighter and a man who stuck to
his socialist principles throughout.
Venezuelan speaking tour of Alan Woods has now moved to the West of the
country, kicking off at PDVSA in Zulia. Around 200 workers and revolutionary
activists from Cabimas, Maracaibo
and Ciudad Ojeda
turned up and gave Alan a very warm and enthusiastic welcome. And again, all
books, pamphlets and books were sold out.
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.
On June 23 Alan Woods
was in one of the heartlands of the Venezuelan industrial proletariat, Ciudad
where the country's heavy industry is based. More than 350 workers from several
key industries attended the meeting and really connected with the ideas of
revolutionary Marxism that were outlined by Alan.
The launch of the book Reformism or
Revolution, Marxism and Socialism of the 21st Centuy (a reply to
Heinz Dieterich) took place on June 21, at the Art
Gallery of the Regional Legislature of
Anzoategui, in Barcelona,
in the presence of 90 workers, youth and community leaders. Alan Woods
expressed concern that the delay in the revolution was already producing signs
of apathy and disillusionment in the Bolivarian rank and file.
On Saturday, June 21, Alan Woods was invited to attend a
meeting of workers in the auto sector. He addressed the meeting of more than
600 autoworkers from all over Venezuela,
Anzoategui. The debate and the mood among these workers revealed a high level
of understanding of the tasks that need to be carried out to push the
revolution forward to its final conclusion, the expropriation of the bosses.