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Despite a harsh blizzard and traffic disruptions 250 people braved the weather to gather in Brussels, at the buildings of the Christian trade union CSC/ACV, to pay homage to the recently deceased President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Erik Demeester of the Hands Off Venezuela (HOV) campaign and Veronique Coteur of Intal explained the political significance of the gathering: ‘Hugo Chavez was not only a president of Venezuela. He was above all an international revolutionary leader.'

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Over 70 people crammed into the Yellow Griffin Pub in Toronto’s west end to celebrate the life of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.  The fact that so many people came out on a few hours’ notice demonstrates the effect that Chávez and the Bolivarian revolution have on the lives of people around the world.

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‘Companero Hugo Chavez! Presente! Ahora y siempre!’ Overwhelmed by emotion but determined to continue the struggle. This is how you can summarize the mood amongst the two hundred people in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Brussels. A few minutes after hearing the tragic news of the death of Hugo Chavez, the Hands Off Venezuela campaign called for a vigil in front of the embassy the following day.

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The Hands Off Venezuela campaign has received this letter, written by Denis Lemelin, the president of the 54,000-strong Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).  Comrade Lemelin addresses himself to Jim Karygiannis, the Liberal member of Parliament, who has launched a campaign of lies and distortions about the Venezuelan revolution.  We urge readers to continue the letter-writing campaign, and to continue to spread the genuine achievements and state of affairs in Venezuela.

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Hands Off Venezuela's campaign, aimed at Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis' remarks about the Venezuelan revolution, has been a great success so far! Dozens of letters have come in, calling upon Karygiannis to withdraw his lies and attacks against the Venezuelan government.  And, the letters continue to arrive!  The letter campaign has been taken up in earnest on social media, and has now forced Karygiannis to issue a reply.  We encourage people to continue to write in, and force individuals like Karygiannis to witness the large reserve of support that the Venezuelan revolution has internationally.

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We are asking all who support Venezuela to oppose the following ignorant and offensive statement by Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis:

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On September 21st Côr Cochion Caerdydd (Cardif Reds Choir) sang in the Hayes to raise money in support of Hands off Venezuela.

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On Thursday the 4th of October, Hands Off Venezuela Denmark arranged a number of solidarity events with the Venezuelan revolution. In Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, a small group of leftwing activists assembled in front of the Venezuelan embassy to show their support for the Venezuelan revolution and for the socialist president Hugo Chávez in the presidential election on Sunday, October 7th.

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todo-11-tiene-su-131On April 12th, around 70 people gathered at a Hands Off Venezuela meeting at Bolivar Hall in London to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the defeat of the counter-revolutionary coup against Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela. The meeting served as the premiere of ‘Cuarto Poder’, a documentary summarising the negative portrayal of the President Chavez in the Spanish media and the reasons for this negative bias.

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On April 11, 2002, an undemocratic coup in Venezuela, organised by the oligarchy with the backing of US imperialism, removed the democratically elected government and kidnapped the president Hugo Chavez. In less than 48 hours and despite the media manipulation, the Bolivarian masses had come out on the streets, defeated the coup and reinstated their president.

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University and College UnionAt its annual Congress held at the Harrogate International Centre, from Saturday 28 May to Monday 30 May 2011, the University and College Union, has passed a unanimous resolution condemning US sanctions against PDVSA.

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PDVSA es del puebloHands Off Venezuela strongly condemns the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US administration against the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA for trading with Iran.

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The British Hands Off Venezuela campaign, held its national conference 2011 on May 21st in London. These are the resolutions which were discussed and passed unanimously and also the list of the elected steering committee.

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  1. HOV National Conference 2011 report
  2. UPDATED National Conference 2011 and anti-Uribe picket
  3. Minneapolis solidarity with Ecuador
  4. International solidarity campaign: a success
  5. September 26 Brazilian workers are with the PSUV in Venezuela!
  6. HoV Italy organises solidarity with Venezuelan Revolution
  7. HOV-UK organise lively rally outside Houses of Parliament
  8. Canada/Quebec: Meetings in support of the Bolivarian revolution
  9. International Days of Action in solidarity with Venezuela.
  10. Denmark: Nationwide campaign and book launch
  11. Mexican students and youth in solidarity with the Venezuelan revolution
  12. Venezuela-Colombia Crisis Public Meeting in London
  13. Honduras: one year from the coup - solidarity pickets
  14. One year from the coup in Honduras - Down with the illegitimate government of Lobo - Solidarity with the Honduran people
  15. Venezuelan revolutionary activists speak at British trade union conferences
  16. HOV Conference 2010 resolutions
  17. London discusses Venezuelan revolution!
  18. Toronto: HOV delegation report-backs from Venezuelan Revolution
  19. Report back from HOV/SBQ, HOV/CBLR Parliamentary Presentation
  20. Denmark: Protest in front of the US embassy
  21. Canada: Launch of Latin American Peace Initiative - Stop war and defend social gains in Latin America!
  22. Ontario NDP youth pass resolution condemning Canadian imperialist interference in Latin America
  23. Helsinki honduras solidarity
  24. Congress of the Hungarian-Venezuelan Solidarity Association
  25. "The Other Chávez" visits Toronto
  26. The Venezuelan Revolution at the Forum Social Québécois
  27. Indonesia: Learning about the Bolivarian Revolution through a Movie
  28. Canadian premiere of "FRETECO: Occupied Factories and Workers' Control in Venezuela"
  29. [VIDEO and PICS] Picket of Honduran embassy in London
  30. [Video] London say good bye to US military presence in Ecuador
  31. Constitutional Conference of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian-Venezuelan solidarity association
  32. New Hands Off Venezuela blog in Polish!
  33. HOV Finland held demonstration in Helsinki
  34. HOV Finland in solidarity with the people of Honduras
  35. Hands Off Venezuela delegation meets with Montreal consulate
  36. The Hungarian - Venezulean Solidarity Association protests against Honduran coup
  37. Second Latin American Meeting of Worker-Recovered Factories: "Our solidarity is permanent"
  38. Montreal: HOV/SBQ in solidarity with the people of Honduras
  39. Protests against coup in Honduras in San Francisco
  40. (PICS - VIDEO) London - 2nd protest against Honduras coup
  41. Defend Democracy in Honduras! Against the Military Coup -- Reinstate President Zelaya
  42. USA: Minneapolis protest against Honduran coup
  43. London protest against Honduran coup
  44. Britain: Early Day Motion on Honduras tabled in parliament
  45. London: Condemn the reactionary military coup in Honduras - emergency picket
  46. USA: Latin American solidarity organizations to hold rally to denounce military coup in Honduras
  47. Hands Off Venezuela Canada in solidarity with the Peruvian indigenous struggle
  48. USA: 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution - Successful Event in Minneapolis
  49. From Caracas to Montreal: Another World Is Possible
  50. Where is Cuba Going? Report from successful Toronto meeting
  51. Second Latin American Meeting of Worker-Recovered Factories
  52. Hungarian Solidarity with Venezuelan Revolution
  53. The Washington DC HOV Campaign and Venezuelan Embassy Commemorate the Events of April 2002
  54. Successful screening of “No Volveran” in Copenhagen
  55. No Volveran: An Inspiration for the Workers in Jombang (Indonesia)
  56. Historic meeting as Toronto HOV merges with Bolivarian Circle “Louis Riel”
  57. Ireland: Independent Workers Union Vote to Affiliate with HOV
  58. Launch of Hands Off Venezuela in Malang (Indonesia)
  59. Presentation of No Volveran in French a Big Success!
  60. EDM tabled in British Parliament on Constitutional Referendum
  61. Cross-Canada Demonstration in Support of Venezuelan Referendum
  62. Joint Meeting London – Victory in Bolivia & Ten Years of the Venezuelan Revolution
  63. Hands Off Venezuela meetings in Ireland
  64. Brazilians Condemn the Killing of 3 Trade Union Leaders and Show Support for Venezuelan Revolution
  65. New Zealand "No Volveran" screening
  66. The Unfolding Revolution in Bolivia: A Report of the Bolivia Speaking Events in Montreal
  67. Report of Jorge Martin’s trip to Malaysia and Indonesia
  68. Successful 4th National Conference for HOV Britain
  69. Belgium: Travelling through the revolution at Second National Day of Solidarity with Venezuela
  70. “People’s Power” (“The Battle of Chile III”) screened in London
  71. Hands Off Venezuela Britain National Conference 2008 - Less than two weeks to go!
  72. No to Genocide in Colombia! London picket 23 October 2008
  73. Second national day of solidarity with Venezuela in Belgium
  74. Palestinian support for revolution in Venezuela
  75. Successful Hands Off Venezuela intervention at Sussex Freshers' Fair
  76. “Justice now! Free the five!” - Report of vigil for Cuban Five in London
  77. Athens: “Hands off Venezuela and Bolivia!” – open discussion in support of the revolution
  78. Hands Off Venezuela Britain at Leeds Freshers' Fair
  79. Hands off Venezuela at the ESF
  80. Hands Off Venezuela at Edinburgh Freshers Fair
  81. Action in Brussels against US intervention
  82. Hands Off Venezuela National Conference 2008
  83. Spain rallies against coups
  84. First official Belgian trade union delegation to revolutionary Venezuela
  85. Toronto Media Democracy Conference Denounces Corporate Media and Coup Plots in Bolivia and Venezuela
  86. Montréal rally in defense of Bolivia and Venezuela
  87. Report from Vancouver Picket
  88. “The Battle of Chile II” screened in London – lessons for today
  89. Cross-Canada Day of Action in Defence of Bolivia and Venezuela!
  90. No to coups! No to U.S. Imperialism! - HOV London organises protests
  91. The Latin Armerican revolution today - meeting at ESF
  92. HOV Belgium takes an initiative for united action to defend revolutions in Bolivia and Venezuela
  93. Fight coup attempts in Bolivia and Venezuela! - meeting at ESF
  94. Hands Off Venezuela at the European Social Forum
  95. Fusion of la Societé Bolivarienne du Québec and Hands Off Venezuela - Montreal
  96. Defend the Bolivian and Venezuelan revolutions! No to coup plotting, no to US interference!
  97. URGENT: Coup plots in Bolivia and Venezuela!
  98. Media Democracy conference to be held in Toronto on September 20th
  99. Delegation to Venezuela in November
  100. “The Battle of Chile” (1st part) screened in London

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