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On May Day, hundreds of thousands marched in Caracas in defence of workers' rights and the Bolivarian revolution. The mass media internationally, which has been paying a lot of attention to Venezuela and had correspondents in Caracas at the time, was unanimous in its silencing of this demonstration. Here's my account. 

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Factory workers from the Venezuelan chemical and lubricant company Veneco held a demonstration Sunday night in Carabobo state to show their support for the company’s nationalization, which President Hugo Chavez announced last Sunday afternoon.

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On Tuesday Mitsubishi workers in Venezuela protested 307 new dismissal requests by the company. This follows long strikes, occupations, and the killing of two union members last year.

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The leaders of British trade unions representing more than 5 million workers sign Hands Off Venezuela appeal in support of the Bolivarian revolution and the PSUV candidates for the National Assembly elections.

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The Bolivarian Revolution has suffered from the beginning from the economic sabotage of the employers. Workers, following Chavez’s call, have responded by occupying some of these factories and running them under workers’ control. This is one of the conquests of the revolution that workers will be defending on September 26. Here is a short account of one such experience of workers’ control.

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