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.
"The task that still remains to be
accomplished here for the revolution to become a reality is nothing more and
nothing less than the expropriation of the land, the banks and the big
monopolies; until that is done the situation will still be problematic",
pointed out Alan Woods.
June 19, another meeting was held as part of Alan Woods' visit to Monagas. In
the beautiful building of the Bolivarian
University in Maturín,
Alan Woods held the third launch meeting of his book "Reformism or Revolution. Marxism and Socialism of the 21st
Century (a reply to Heinz Dieterich)" with about 200 students and lecturers
Some 200 oil workers from PDVSA listened attentively to Alan Woods
launching his book Reformism or Revolution in a meeting which took place
in the PDVSA headquarters in Monagas. As Alan said, "The most dangerous enemy
of the revolution is within: the reformist Fifth Column."
Alan Woods' speaking tour in Venezuela is getting wide publicity
coverage as this Bolivarian News Agency report demonstrates. Here the report is
on a meeting with oil workers in the PDVSA building in Maturín, Monagas state.
It was published under the title "British theoretician: Bolivarian revolution a
source of international inspiration."
In the eastern state of Monagas in Venezuela 150
delegates, spokespersons and members of the PSUV attended the first meeting of
Alan Woods' speaking tour to launch his new book Reformism or Revolution. The
audience listened with keen interest revealing a very clear
understanding of what needs to be done.
On June 7 the BPJ held its third national congress, but this
time there was something new on the agenda, the proposal to affiliate to the
International Marxist Tendency. This was agreed unanimously by all those
present, and it marks a major turning point both for the BPJ and the IMT.
Over the weekend, June 13-15, the Venezuelan Revolutionary
Marxist Current (CMR) held its 5th Congress at the Inveval factory -
presently being run under workers' control. One hundred comrades attended the
congress, where all the reports confirmed significant growth over the past
year, both in terms of numbers and influence within the Bolivarian movement and
the wider workers' and youth movement.