Meetings in support of the Venezuelan Revolution

Meetings in support of the Venezuelan Revolution

Dublin: 8th October 2007, 7:30pm, Connolly Books New Theatre (Essex
St., Temple Bar, Dublin 1)
Belfast: 10th October 2007, 7:30pm, An Cultúrlann (Falls Road)

The Venezuelan Revolution has entered a new stage. After the election
of December 2006, which the Bolivarian Movement won with 63% of the
votes, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias proposed the unification
of the different parties that constitute the Bolivarian Movement
(Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela ? PSUV). He also launched the
government?s new programme (?the five engines for Socialism?) with the
intention of starting the transition to socialism and the Socialist
Republic of Venezuela.

The Venezuelan working class is clearly at the forefront of the
international struggle for socialism.

The revolution, however, has still to succeed. The mammoth and highly
bureaucratic state apparatus inherited from the past and the
international pressure from the imperialist countries and their
corporations have still to be defeated.

An example of the obstacles facing the Venezuelan revolution is the
long and difficult struggle of the workers of Sanitarios Maracay, who
are running the factory, to get the state to expropriate the factory.
This struggle is not over yet.

Jorge Martin, International secretary of Hands Off Venezuela Campaign,
and Carlos Fiorillo, member of the PSUV (Partido Socialista Unido de
Venezuela) and Hands Off Venezuela ? Ireland, will speak at both the
Dublin and Belfast meetings.

Carlos will give an overview of the programme of the government, known
as ?the five engines for socialism?.

Jorge will give a general overview of the new stage which the
revolution has entered in Venezuela.

The Venezuelan revolution needs the support of the Irish working
class. This can be best done by organising or joining support groups
in Ireland; by joining or linking up with the international campaign
?Hands off Venezuela?; and by fighting for Socialism in Ireland.

Venezuela Support Group, Ireland
Hands Off Venezuela, Ireland (
James Connolly Debating Society, Belfast (



Filed under Ireland/Politics/socialism/United Front/internationalis

3 responses to “Meetings in support of the Venezuelan Revolution

  1. WorldbyStom

    In a way I’m most intrigued as to what happens a couple of steps down the line. What is the position on private property, oppositional forces organising etc, etc?

    I can’t get along myself, but I’d be interested to know how those bridges intend to be crossed.

  2. Mick Hall

    Yes interesting questions, I am not that well informed on this and in truth feel a little apprehensive about Chavez, not least because of the General tag. Never the less he has certainly put the wind up the great satan and undoubtedly enjoys rattling its cage. For that I am thankful.

    As to the lefts rush into the arms of the general’s administration I am a little disappointed, yes defend the democratically elected government of Venezuela and applaud its health care/education programs. But Chavez demand to be allowed to stand for a further term as President should be resisted, if only quietly so we do not end up in the same camp as the Venezuelan right and USA administration. For surly any progressive government worth its salt should be able to bring along a worthy successor after two terms in the Presidential Palace.

  3. Anonymous

    To be honest i am not that bothered by the notion of him being allowed to stand for election again. While it may not be the best idea to have a leader in powere for too long, provided hes freely elected than I have no problem with that.

    However, I am cautious about Chavez and where he may head in the future and I think the left should support him where possible but also not be afraid to criticise when necessary in order to try to ensure that he doesnt let power go to his head.

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