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An excellent article explaining the current situation of Inveval, the Venezuelan valve factory producing under workers' control, where the workers are facing the problems of operating in a capitalist market but also the sabotage of the state bureaucracy.

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Workers held protests outside the SIDOR steel plant in Puerto Ordaz yesterday, demanding that the government nationalize the company. Last Thursday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had warned that he might nationalize the Argentinian-owned company.

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Just as in previous years, two Venezuelan union federations organized competing demonstrations in support of the May 1 International Workers’ Day. While the pro-government demonstration attracted more marchers, it appeared more divided than the smaller anti-Chavez demonstration.

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One thousand people marched yesterday through the main streets of Caracas, in what was the largest demonstration in favour of the expropriation of an occupied factory that has ever taken place in Venezuela.

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Hands Off Venezuela tours Sanitarios Maracay, a factory in Venezuela under workers control, to learn more about the revolutionary process taking place there, and to offer solidarity to the workers. An impressive video which gives a taste of workers' democracy in action and how this is linked to the Bolivarian revolution

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