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.
Workers' representatives and trade union activists from around the country met in Caracas on October 21-22, in the National Gathering of Workers towards the Recovery of Companies. The main aim of this meeting, called by Venezuela’s National Workers’ Union (UNT), was to bring together workers involved in experiences of factory occupations and different forms of workers’ management.