Monday, August 22, 2005

Bolivarian Venezuela: A First Hand Report from Jon Moore - 5th September at the Sempahore Workers Club 7.30pm

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is an advocate for the poor and working
people, enjoying the votes of over half of his countrymen and women in
every election. This infuriates the wealthy and powerful in Caracas and Washington DC, as does his friendship with Cuban President Fidel

In one of the most remarkable events of the new millennium, Chavez
supporters among the poor, the working classes and the military overturned a carefully planned and internationally-supported counter-revolution. Within 48 hours, Chavez was returned to power in April 2002.

But the counter-revolutionaries were not through. The Venezuelan upper classes, alongwith some corrupt elements of the labour movement, closed businesses in a lockout/strike, including in the decisively important oil industry. They were convinced that the masses, largely darker skinned people of African and Indigenous origin, were incapable of organising and sustaining economic life.

Three years on and the "Bolivarian Revolution" stands stronger than ever, serving as a beacon to the leftist trends in Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador and as a bulwark against the manoeuvres of US imperialism and reaction in Colombia.

Join us at the Semaphore Workers Club, 7.30pm on the 5th of September as we hear from Jon Moore, a recently returned participant of the International Solidarity Brigade. Jon will give a first hand account of his experiences in Venezuela where the Bolivarian Revolution is showing the way for Latin America. Click here to read more on the revolution.


Anonymous Lenny said...

Pat Robertson, head of the Christian Coalition that helped Bush get 'elected,' has used his tv show to call for the US to assassinate Chavez, saying Venezuela is

"the launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism".


"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,"

"We don't need another $200bn war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

The State Department has declared the comments "inappropriate" ("damn, Pat's Blown our cover again.")

They've tried to kill Castro plenty of times, but these boneheads seem to get so hysterical about South America that they lose all ability to act surreptitiously and are only capable of overt brutish violence.

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Blogger Johnno said...

Hey Lenny I think you're dead right, there's seemingly no end to the hysterics that these evangilists will carry on with. It's my guess that Bush and his cronies aren't too far removed from being responsible for this sort of propoganda.

I know it's hard to believe but I'm still struggling with the connection between "muslim extremism" and Venezuela, not to mention the insinuation that communists are of the same ilk as those who inflict harm on innocent civilians, I thought that was the domain of the US government? Of course state-sponsored terrorism is legitiamte behaviour for the likes of the US and their imperialist buddies. If Bush had it his way the right to attack sovereign nations would be enshrined in his country's constitution (perhaps it already is by now?) Even scarier is that US cultural hegemony is bringing this kind of ultra-right ideology to Australia. That we have thousands of kids turning up to hear similar, perhaps not quite so blatant, ultra-right sermons here is quite a worry indeed.

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