The initiator, Charley Allan, gave a brief introduction of the situation in Venezuela leading into the program of the solidarity week which goes on until Sunday 15th August, the day of the referendum. The temperature climbed in the crowded rampART hall as people socialised and enjoyed free Caracas style veggie hotdogs, beer and wine.
The evening was rounded off with the screening of a new documentary "The Bolivarian Venezuela: People and Fight of the IV World War" which analyses Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution as part of the world movement against capitalist globalization. The film follows the evolution of the popular movement from the "El Caracazo" revolt in Feb 1989 until the massive mobilisations that restored their elected government 48 hours after a US-supported military coup in April 2002.
It was an incredibly powerful and moving film with constant commentary by people on the street about their feelings and support for what they see as their revolution and the fruits of their hard won shift from so-called representative democracy into participatory democracy. The film will be repeated twice more during the week (on Wednesday and Friday) so do take the opportunity.
To find out more about the situation in Venezuela, or the rest of the events during Venezuela Solidarity Week, check out the following websites.