Supporters of Hands off Venezuela at Leeds University intervened during the week long freshers’ fair at Leeds University Union to promote solidarity between students here in Leeds and the workers and youth in Venezuela who are struggling to create a new society based on socialist principles. There was a great deal of interest in the university’s HOV society and the programme of events that the comrades have lined up. The society managed to sign up 13 members and collected more than 50 contact details as well as selling books, pamphlets and HOV magazines.
An intense week of campaigning ended with a screening of the DVD ‘No Volveran!’ - the story of the workers of Sanitarios Maracay touched everyone present and even prompted two people to sign up to the HOV society on the spot. In the following weeks we intend to have a meeting here against the fascist coup attempt in Bolivia on the 8th October, and discussions on the case for socialism both in Venezuela and internationally. We have also been approached by members of the International Affairs Forum interested in inviting Alan Woods to Leeds to launch his new book, ‘Reformism or Revolution.’ All in all the freshers’ fair was a success at Leeds Uni and the upcoming semester promises to be a busy one for HOV supporter