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Hugo ChavezIn 1998, the people of Venezuela elected a new government under the presidency of the socialist Hugo Chavez. In 1999 a new constitution was adopted and since then the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ has taken shape. Despite a US-sponsored coup attempt in April 2002 the revolution has gone from strength to strength. The Chavez government has succeeded in nationalising many major companies and has encouraged the creation of co-operatives and promoted worker-controlled factories.

Venezuela is now a major thorn in the side of US imperialism in Latin America. Chavez was central to the foundation of ALBA (The Bolivarian Alternative for the People of Our America) in 2004, an organisation for the cooperation and integration of Latin American countries and for a just alternative to the US-led Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.

The Venezuelan people have much to contend with in their efforts to build a society based on true social justice and equality. For this reason the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela deserves the support of democrats and socialists around the world.


Stories about Venezuela from the éirígí Archives

31/05/11: Whither political asylum? – The case of Joaquín Pérez Becerra.... The facts surrounding the recent arrest in Venezuela and subsequent extrajudicial ‘rendition’ to Colombia of the journalist Joaquín Pérez Becerra are disturbing in the more>>

02/08/10: Workers Lead the Way in Venezuela.... In the latest sign of the increasing radicalism of the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela’s National Union of Workers [UNETE] has published a series of policy proposals calling for more workers’ control of more>>

08/02/09: Meetings on Venezuelan Revolution.... With the world economic and financial crisis once again bringing into stark relief the inequitable and unsustainable nature of capitalism, it is very timely that the Hands off Venezuela (HoV) organisation have scheduled two meeting for next week here in more>>

29/11/08: Decision Time in Venezuela.... On Sunday (November 23), the people of Venezuela went to the polls to cast their votes in mayoral and state governor more>>

23/10/07: Bringing the Venezuelan Revolution Closer to Home.... As part of their efforts to raise public awareness about the Bolivarian Revolution and its humanitarian advancements, the Hands Off Venezuela campaign recently organised two well-attended meetings in Belfast and more>>

01/10/07: Public meetings in support of the Venezuelan revolution.... Two public meetings promoting the politics of the Venezuelan revolution will be held in Ireland during the second week of more>>

16/09/07: Watch ‘No Volveran – The Venezuelan Revolution Now’.... 'No Volverán - The Venezuelan Revolution Now', is an exciting feature length documentary about the Venezuelan more>>

02/05/07: Robbers On The Run In Latin America....Venezuela’s socialist President, Hugo Chavez, has announced his country’s intention to formally withdraw from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Chavez chose International Workers’ Day (May 1) to make the more>>

29/03/07: True solidarity – Venezuelan Fraternity In Action....Two recent announcements in Latin America have highlighted the gulf between the proponents of ‘free-market’ capitalism and of socialism and more>>

12/01/07: Chavez sworn in for third term....Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has pledged to implement a program of reform that will lead the South American country towards “21st Century socialism” after he was sworn in for his third term of more>>

07/12/06: Chavez declares election victory as a mandate for ‘Venezuelan Socialism’....The decisive result of the December 3rd, 2006 Venezuelan Presidential election marks another milestone in the journey to a better and more just future that the people of that country, under the leadership of the Hugo Chavez’s 5th Bolivarian Movement, began in more>>

20/09/06: Chavez’s speech at the United Nations...."[Bush ] you are going to live the rest of your days as a nightmare because the rest of us are standing up, all those who are rising up against American imperialism,[...] Yes, you can call us extremists, but we are rising up against the empire, against the model of domination." more>>

10/09/06: Venezuela’s Chavez Announces Single “Revolutionary” Party for 2007....Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proposed the formation of a single united political party of the “Bolivarian Revolution” yesterday, to be formed in more>>

    15/08/06: Chavez Launches his Candidacy for Venezuela’s Presidency 2007-2013....

    11/08/06: Venezuela Recuperates Largest Landed Estate in Country....

    04/08/06: Venezuela Withdraws Israel Ambassador....