We live in a world dominated by crisis, imperialist war and exploitation. We are told there is 'no alternative' to cuts, privatisation, hunger and homelessness. In October 2012 Venezuela faced a choice: whether to deepen the Bolivian Revolution that under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, has brought dignity, health, education and hope- or to return to a brutal, unequal neo-liberal society where oil wealth lined the pockets of multinational companies and Venezuelan elite.
The people of Venezuela voted for Chavez, voted to fight for socialism. The Revolutionary Communist Group was on the streets of Caracas throughout the presidential elections. We joined hundreds of thousands as they thronged the city, braving torrential rain or baking sun, to express their support.
The Bolivarian Revolution illustrates what can be achieved when governments and people, working together, put human need before capitalist profits. Despite Chavez's death in March 2013, the process is being built every day by millions of Venezuelans, working to create a society built on collective, socialist organisation and production. In that conscious struggle the spirit of Hugo Chavez lives on.
As the capitalist crisis bites in Britain, Venezuela provides an inspiring example of how the fight against austerity can develop into a fight for socialism. This film takes you on that journey, through the barrios, universities and workplaces to meet the militants, students and workers who are changing their future.
Alongside the achievements of socialist Cuba, Venezuela illustrates that not only is another world possible, but this world is being built today in Latin America
Saturday 12 October. Part of an FRFI Dayschool 'Paying to be poor' 10.30-4pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street M21NL
Saturday 19 October, 2 – 4pm
Upstairs at The Piper on the Square bar,
57 Cochrane Street, George Square, G1 1HL
Sunday 20 October 3-5pm
Room G2 Dundee University Tower
LONDON FILM PREMIER:
Friday 25 Oct 2013 7:00pm
Bolivar Hall 54 Grafton Way W1T 5DL
Tuesday 29 October 6.30pm
Barloco 22 Leazes Park Rd NE1 4PG
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DVD also available to buy. £3 plus P+P
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Proving he is prepared to put action to his words Maduro has continued his 'Revolution of the Revolution' in the recent week. Cracking down on corruption Maduro has stepped up his governmental campaign and requested an enabling law in the National Assembly last week. Speaking on 8 October he demanded that 'The era of institutional corruption should come to an end in Venezuela' with 'zero tolerance.....no matter their political colour'.
Whilst the process may take many weeks the crack down on corruption continues with the high profile arrest of Valencia mayor and United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) member Edgardo Parra on 11 October for a range of corruption crimes. Parra has been charged with extortion, criminal association and corruption
First published, 4th October 2013 Venezuelanalysis.com – The head of the state organisation which regulates government price controls, Eduardo Saman, survived an armed assault late last Wednesday. All three attackers were killed.
Different motives are being considered for the incident. Police authorities have suggested that the attack was an attempted robbery of the state official’s vehicle.
However several public figures and Saman himself are convinced the attack was an assassination attempt against the official in order to weaken the government of Nicolas Maduro and its regulatory policies toward the private sector.
Eduardo Saman is the president of the Institute for the Defence of People in Access to Goods and Services (Indepabis), a state agency which enforces price controls and other regulatory economic measures.
Regarded as a radical figure in Chavismo, since appointed to the job in June he has promised to improve the effectiveness of Indepabis and warned speculators in the private economy that “the fun is over”.
One year ago this month, Hugo Chavez won yet another presidential election - confirming Venezuela's commitment to continuing on the path to socialism:
This week the RCG will begin screening the premiere of our new documentary 'Viva Venezuela: Fighting for Socialism' which was filmed during the election campaign last year. To get a glimpse of the process unfolding in Venezuela don't miss the free film screenings across the country and the documentary will be available on line from 1 November.
Below we republish an article from www.venezuelanalysis.com marking one year since the election victory.
blogged by Helen Yaffe, author of Che Guevara: The economics of revolution
The road was steep with sharp curves, but at least it was made with concrete and not the mud track that existed before the Venezuelan government provided materials for the barrio (neighbourhood) of Antimano. We drove up towards the top of the mountain to meet the consejo communal (communal council) of Las Torres. The consejo was set up in 2000 with some 350 inhabitants, but the population has now doubled to 715, including children. It was a stunning view, looking down over the precarious homes balanced on the mountainsides surrounding the urban sprawl of Caracas in the valley below.
Blogged by Helen Yaffe, author of Che Guevara: the economics of revolution
On Thursday 26 September, 2,397 Venezuelan families received the keys to new homes built under the Great Housing Mission. Initiated in 2011, the programme aims to construct 2.6 million new homes by 2019 and is well on the way to the 500,000 milestone. The new home owners were handed the keys by government ministers, vice ministers and state governors in 17 of Venezuela’s 23 states. Acts of this type take place throughout the country every Thursday.
Helen Yaffe, author of 'Che Guevara: the economics of revolution' and long standing supporter of Rock Around the Blockade, is currently blogging from Venezuela on invitation of Vice Ministry of the Communal Economy, part of the Ministry of Communes and Social Movements. In the run up to the screenings of our new documentary 'Viva Venezuela: Fighting for Socialism' the insights she provides on the struggles to build the communal economy in Venezuela are fascinating. Be sure to keep up to date with her blog here
Venezuela has rejected the United States’ version of events in the dispute over President Nicolas Maduro’s passage through U.S. airspace on 19 September.
The diplomatic fallout reached media attention when Venezuelan foreign minister Elias Jaua told reporters that President Maduro had been denied permission to fly through U.S. airspace.
According to Venezuelan officials, the presidential flight was prohibited from passing over Puerto Rico, with President Maduro considering changing the flight path to reach Paris, France. However after hurried diplomatic talks permission was eventually granted for the flight to pass through U.S. airspace.
The flight’s final destination was Beijing, China, where Maduro conducted a state visit.
The Venezuelan government has ordered the occupation of one of the main producers of toilet paper in the country as part of the struggle to combat “shortages and sabotage” in the economy.
Vice President Jorge Arreaza said the factory occupation, announced on Friday, was in order to “verify the production, distribution and sale of toilet paper” from the Manpa S.A. company, located in the central state of Aragua. The measure was ordered by President Maduro after “violations to consumer rights” were discovered upon an inspection of the factory last week.
The occupation – which will last for 15 days – will be carried out by the government’s National Superintendency for Fair Costs and Prices (Sundecop) and responds to “the state’s obligation to guarantee the normal supply of products of basic necessity to the Venezuelan people”.