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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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Violent student protests erupted again Tuesday in at least six major Venezuelan cities over a proposed constitutional amendment that would abolish the two-term limit on elected offices.

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Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry condemned the Israeli bombing of Gaza in a statement released on December 27, 2008, expressing its “profound indignation” over the “criminal attack,” and urged the Israeli government to adhere to the United Nations Charter. Later Venezuela has expelled the Israeli ambassador to protest against the country's assault on Gaza, after the Venezuelan president described it as a "holocaust".

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On Friday November 28th 1200 trade unionists at the BC Federation of Labour convention voted unanimously to endorse the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign.  The Federation represents 450,000 union members in British Columbia.  This victory for the Venezuelan solidarity movement came after years of patient work with and within the labour movement.

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Beneficiaries, teachers, adults, disabled people, students and workers came out on Friday to defend the social missions and programs of the national government in the face of threats to close them down by the new governor-elect of the state of Miranda, Henrique Capriles Radonski.

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The final results of the Venezuelan elections are now out. The Socialist United Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has won about 80% of all local councils and 17 out of the 22 governors that were up for election. However the loss of Miranda, Carabobo and the Metropolitan District of Caracas, all of them extremely important from the point of view of politics, economy and population, and the fact that the PSUV did not win Zulia is a serious warning for the revolution, which has to be added to the defeat of the constitutional reform referendum.

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Regional elections held in Venezuela on November 23rd, 2008 have been portrayed in the U.S. media as a defeat for the government of President Hugo Chávez, when in fact the results strongly favor his party, the PSUV. The vast majority of state governorships and mayoralties, including those in many strategic parts of the country such as the Orinoco Oil Belt, remain under pro-government leadership.

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First, London buses were run on cheap Venezuelan fuel. Then, former mayor of London Ken Livingstone began advising authorities in Caracas on traffic problems. Now, the latest link between the two areas appears to be in education.

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