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.