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Tony Benn was a supporter and defender of the Bolivarian revolution from the very beginning. He collaborated with the Hands off Venezuela campaign and spoke on our platform on several occasions. Here is an audio file of what he said at the First National Conference of the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign in December 2005.

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We have received the following statements passed by student organisations in Britain and Italy in solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution and against the current reactionary mobilisations in Venezuela.

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On Saturday, March 8, Gisella Rubilar, 47, was shot dead and two other people suffered serious gunshot wounds when they were removing an opposition roadblock which prevented safe passage to their working class and poor neighbourhood of Pie del Tiro, in the Andean capital of Merida, Venezuela. You will not have heard about it in the mass media, but this incident was part of a growing trend of opposition violence against working class and poor neighbourhoods fighting back. 

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The February 2014 issue of the Hands Off Venezuela newsletter is out. It deals with the renewed attempts of the violent Venezuelan opposition to force the removal of the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro and put an end to the Bolivarian Revolution. You can download the PDF File here

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MIPAfter days of violent opposition demonstrations in several cities of Venezuela, February 12 had been billed as the D Day of an offensive to overthrow the democratically elected Maduro government. In several cities there were opposition demonstrations which were allowed to proceed without repression. There were also bigger revolutionary , youth demos marking 200 years since the battle of La Victoria, during the independence war.

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The December 8th municipal elections in Venezuela gave yet another victory to the Bolivarian revolution, with the Socialist United Party (PSUV) and its allies in the Great Patriotic Pole receiving 5.1 million votes (49.24% of the total) against 4.4 million votes for the opposition (42.72%). Including votes for Bolivarian candidates outside of the main GPP alliance, the total for the revolution adds up to over 54%.

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Jhon Guerra from the Venezuelan embassy in the UK and Jorge Martín from the Hands Off Venezuela campaign addressed a meeting in London to discuss the forthcoming municipal elections and the on-going economic war against the Bolivarian revolution.

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madurohabilitanteIn the run up to the December 8 municipal elections the campaign of speculation, hoarding, profiteering, overpricing and sabotage of the economy has intensified. The Venezuelan government of President Maduro has denounced that there is a “slow motion coup” being implemented. The year on year inflation rate has reached 74% and the scarcity index is at a record level of 22%.

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Dozens of activists came out in London on October 31 to protest against former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe speaking at a meeting in Senate House at the University of London. 

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