HOV Sweden on anniversary of defeat of the anti-Chavez coup

A very successful event was organised in Stockholm by HOV, together with the Young Left and the Social Democratic Club for Youth in the Unions, to celebrate the defeat of the coup in 2002.

On April 14, on the fifth anniversary of Chávez´s return to his presidential post, carried back by the main force of the Bolivarian revolution, the Venezuelan people, Hands off Venezuela, the Young Left and the Social Democratic Club for Youth in the unions organized a solidarity meeting for Venezuela in Stockholm. Seventy people turned up to listen to lectures, participate in discussions, watch films from Venezuela and listen to music. The meeting was organized in support of Freteco, front of occupied factories in Venezuela. We raised sevareal thousands of Swedish crowns for Freteco, which will soon make its way to the struggling workers in Venezuela.

The general mood was enthusiastic, several people expressing how moved they were especially by the screening of "The revolution will not be televised" and the struggle of the workers at Sanitarios Maracay. Now we will go forward, integrating the campaign more closely with the general labour and trade union movement as well as the Latin American solidarity movement.

The meeting was a big step forward in strengthening the Hands off Venezuela campaign in Sweden, and we will now step up our activities in the weeks leading up to the 1st of May, the day of the international working class. On the 1st of May, we will participate in the demonstrations as an integral part of the Swedish labour movement, making this the finale for our campaign in support of the struggle of Freteco.

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