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To celebrate 10 years in government President Hugo Chavez declared February 2 a public holiday, seeing thousands rallying and celebrating around the country, and shops, schools, and banks closed.

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On Wednesday, representatives of Venezuela and the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS) shared concerns about last Saturday’s attack on a prominent synagogue in Caracas and accused each other’s governments of playing a role in the incident. Also, the Venezuelan foreign relations minister met with representatives of the Venezuelan Jewish community to offer condolences and to guarantee a successful investigation.

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Workers accuse the police of shooting two fellow workers on January 29 who were participating in the occupation of a Mitsubishi plant in Barcelona, Anzoategui state. We publish here a report by Venezuelanalysis.

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Just seen news in the Venezuelan media (and through the embassy) that all the police officers involved in the attack against the Mitsubishi workers have now been suspended and handed over to the prosecutor's office. It is to be hoped that the investigation will be thorough and will bring all those responsible to account.

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In the afternoon of Thursday, January 29 (Venezuelan time), two workers were killed by police in the state of Anzoategui, Venezuela. The workers killed are Pedro Suarez from the Mitsubishi factory and José Marcano from nearby auto parts factory Macusa. They were killed when regional police of Anzoategui was attempting to evict hundreds of workers who had been occupying the Mitsubitshi (MMC) factory.

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