National Electoral Council released the result of yesterday's recall
on the government of President Hugo Chávez Frias. It was revealed that
opposition failed to obtain more votes than those who wanted Chavez to
as President. Even so, the opposition has refused to recognize the
has charged that the "no" victory was based on electoral fraud. But
does the result mean the opposition has suffered a decisive defeat? The
internal and external enemies of the Venezuelan revolution cannot
be reconciled by elections, referendums and negotiations. They will
satisfied when the revolution is defeated.
We have just received the following declaration of the comrades of the
Venezuelan Revolutionary Marxist Current (CMR), which we are pleased to republish in English and Spanish for our readers’ information. It is, in effect, a transitional programme that, taking its starting point from the concrete conditions of the Venezuelan revolution, explains what steps are necessary to build upon the victory in the referendum, carry the revolution forward and pose the question of workers’ power and socialism.
The workers in the Venepal paper mill in Morón, Carabobo (Venezuela)
are demanding that the government nationalises the company and puts it
under workers’ control and management. This is an extremely important
struggle which could be crucial for the future of the labour movement
and the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela.
On Sunday, October 31, millions of Venezuelans will go to the polls to
elect governors of the country’s 24 states and mayors for 337 municipal
councils. Coming after the massive victory of the Bolivarian movement
in defeating the presidential recall referendum on August 15, this
election offers the possibility for the Bolivarian movement to take
control of some key states and local councils.
Partial results of this weekend’s local elections in Venezuela indicate
a dramatic turnaround in many states. Former opposition strongholds
have been won by Bolivarian candidates. This confirms the solid support
for Chavez that was clear to all in the August 15 recall referendum.
Capitalism could be overthrown very easily in these conditions, but
decisive action needs to be taken now.