This article, written by comrade Euler Calzadilla, demonstrates the position of the Marxist current of the PSUV, the Venezuelan sector of the International Marxist Current (CMI), on the issue of security. In the piece, Calzadilla analyses the root causes of the social scourge, causes which are generally almost never analysed by the bourgeois media, or in the majority of public media. As such, in this brief article, Calzadilla responds to the lies of the rightwing “majunche” on the issue of security and highlights the limits of the Bolivarian governments plan for disarmament and security, limits which emerge from trying to combat insecurity from within the framework of the economic and political capitalist regime.

On Monday, May 21, an armed person entered the EFE ice cream factory (part of the POLAR group) in Caracas and asked to see Abraham Rivas, the main trade union leader and a member of the Marxist tendency Lucha de Clases. When confronted about his suspicious behaviour by Abraham and other workers, he was found to be carrying a gun. He was also found to be carrying detailed personal information about comrade Abraham, including his picture, home address, the names of his children and even a photocopy of his company ID card. 

For all revolutionaries it is perfectly clear that 2012 will be a defining year of important challenges. Currently, the Bolivarian revolution is at a cross-road. Either we radicalise the revolution and we deepen its changes, or the reformist politics which seek to simply regulate capitalism, as opposed to eliminating it, could lead the revolution to suffer a dangerous defeat in both the long and medium term.

On Sunday February the 12, the long-awaited opposition primary elections took place in order to select the candidate who will face Hugo Chavez in the presidential elections due for October this year. Cápriles Radonski, the present governor of Miranda state won a clear victory with 62% of the vote, compared to only 28.9% for his contender Pablo Perez, present governor of Zulia state.

On 15 May 2010, Elio Sayago, a revolutionary activist with a long history of struggle, was named worker-president of CVG Alcasa by [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez, with the explicit order to implement Worker Control and the Socialist Guyana Plan. As the comrade relates in this interview, his management has been the victim of a series of bureaucratic traps; from the violent seizure of the company’s front gates, to manoeuvres aimed at unduly removing him from his post.

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