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Revolution in UK Solidarity with Venezuela

pescao | 18.09.2004 05:11 | Venezuela

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The level of solidarity between the UK grassroots movements and the Venezuelan people, alongside their popular radical government, has reached a new high. Activists from all political stripes are transcending ideological and personal differences to defend Venezuela's embryonic "Democratic Revolution".

All eyes are focussed on the upcoming "Global Day of Action in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution" on October 12th. Events are planned world and UK-wide, with at least three happening in London on this Tuesday of ESF week: a day-school in Middlesex University with the Colombia Solidarity Campaign, a rally with Rhythms of Resistance, and a debate at NUJ headquarters. The day will also be an opportunity to launch a "Bolivarian Block" to carry through the rest of the week's activities, culminating at the big demo on Sunday 17th.

outside the US embassy on sunday
outside the US embassy on sunday

During the recent referendum process, two London-based activists from the Global Women's Strike were invited to Caracas as international observers. The GWS have been campaigning for years for the kinds of achievements now won by women in Venezuela, such as economic recognition of their vast amount of unpaid caring work. On Saturday they shall be holding a debriefing in Camden with video-reportage (report).

After years of ignorance by most trade union leaders, workers here are putting pressure upwards to stand in solidarity with the "Bolivarian Movement" in Venezuela. The movement's progressive programme of eradicating illiteracy, universal free education and healthcare, land and wealth redistribution, and equal access to the media rings a chord with workers all over the world. Solidarity with the new "Bolivarian" trade union, the UNT, has become a big issue.

Activists from Hands Off Venezuela have also been experimenting with "Participatory Democracy" by lobbying MPs in Parliament and even the Venezuelan Ambassador! Amazingly, the ambassador had no idea that there was support for Chávez in the House of Commons, namely from the 30 MPs who signed the GWS-inspired Early Day Motion 854. Also there have been lots of screenings of the new, seminal documentary "Venezuela Bolivariana...", most recently in Oxford.

links: temp spanish-lang indymedia site | temp english-lang indymedia site



Display the following 11 comments

  1. Indymedia Cinema @ The Other Cinema London — IMCista
  2. Chavez and friends — true revolucionary
  3. Chavez — capitalist#1
  4. Chavez — Capitalist $0
  5. so this is the debate... — pescao
  6. Veneluela on its way to disaster — capitalist#1
  7. Evidence please? — David
  8. Venezuelan economy on rebound — Ian
  9. ... — Hermes
  10. Chavez to revolutionise oil industry — UK PROUTist
  11. October 12th (Tuesday ESF Week) Pachamerican Day of Action! — simon bolivar