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The election is over and after a decade of trying to undermine Venezuelan democracy, the right have given President Hugo Chavez a much-needed kick up the backside. The Bolivarian revolution is not under threat, but the opposition - almost extinct a few years ago - is making a comeback.

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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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We provide here links to the official results of the National Assembly elections on S26 in Venezuela as well as links to different articles analysing them. For basic information, see also the Hands Off Venezuela newsletter produced immediately after the election results were announced.

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Comuna Under Construction (Dir: Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler 2010) is an excellent new documentary on the exciting democratic process involving consejos comunales (communal councils) in Venezuela.

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We travelled to Caracas in July 2010 to see how the Bolivarian revolution was progressing. Of everything we saw, we found the degree of community level organisation the most impressive. Since 2006, thousands of communal councils have been set up by Venezuelans.  The size of the communal councils can range from 150 families in cities to 10 families in rural areas. Following the tradition of social movements in Venezuela, communal councils are set up to deal with local problems such as schools, roads and cultural-political activities.

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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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On September 26 Venezuelans will go to the polls again, this time to elect 167 deputies to the National Assembly, as well as 12 representatives to the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino). Since 1998, when president Chávez was elected, the Venezuelan people have been called to the polls on 15 different local, regional, national, presidential elections and referenda. Contrary to what the media would have you believe, the Venezuelan people have expressed themselves democratically and they have given overwhelming support to the Bolivarian revolution.

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