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 Martín, 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.
Dublin: Monday 8th October 2007, 7:30pm, Connolly Books New Theatre (Essex St., Temple Bar)
Belfast: Wednesday 10th October 2007, 7:30pm, An Chultúrlann (Falls Road)
Venezuela Support Group, Ireland
Hands Off Venezuela, Ireland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
James Connolly Debating Society, Belfast (email@example.com)