In Venezuela a number of political, community-based and trade union groups have sprung up, as the masses try to take the initiative in the context of a revolutionary offensive. A good example is the case of the workers in the Algodonal Hospital in Caracas who have been struggling for democracy in the workplace and for the right to have a space for trade union and political meetings. We met Johan Rivas who is the general coordinator of the Bolivarian Workers’ Front in Algodonal and a comrade of the CMR (Revolutionary Marxist Current), to talk about the activities that are going on.
At this summer's international school, organised by the International Marxist Tendency, Victor Rios, a long standing leader of the Spanish Izquierda Unida (United Left) and an adviser to Hugo Chavez, delivered a speech on his thoughts on the Venezuelan Revolution. We reproduce it here for our readers.
Visiting Venezuela this young comrade has got a taste of the revolutionary fervour that is gripping the country. He has witnessed the masses taking part in political life, masses that have risen off their knees and are challenging capitalism and everything that it represents.
Last weekend the Venezuelan Revolutionary Socialist Youth (JSR) held its second congress, where it adopted a clear platform in favour of socialist revolution. It aims to gather all the most conscious and militant youth of Venezuela under one banner.
A historically unprecedented meeting took place in Caracas on October 27-29. More than 400 delegates from 235 occupied factories and 20 different trade unions from all over Latin America gathered to discuss a common strategy and work together. The meeting expressed enthusiasm and confidence that the workers can run society.