Bolivarian Revolution

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Washington, DC: Protesters say ‘U.S., OAS, hands off Venezuela!” May 31, 2017

Video: https://twitter.com/VenezuelaInUS/status/869983746694406147

On May 31, the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of American States (OAS) met in Washington, D.C., to further their interventionist agenda against Venezuela. 

Activists from the International Action Center, Baltimore Venezuela Solidarity Committee and Workers World Party joined with other groups to stand in solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela outside the meeting.

At this meeting the OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro promoted sanctions against Venezuela – a tactic which the U.S. ruling elite, the Penagon and the government have used against countless countries to undermine and destroy people’s gains. Sanctions are war! 

We should never forget that Venezuela is the 4th largest oil producing country. It is imperative that all justice minded people come together to say no to intervention in Venezuela and to defend the Bolivarian revolution.

Stop the U.S. and OAS interference and destabilization campaign against Venezuela! Defend President Maduro and the people against the right-wing violence and coup attempts!

Photos by Basma Gregg, Rasputin Hair Arawakan & Sharon Black

To all the supposed radicals who are saying, “but not all the anti-Maduro protesters in Venezuela are right-wing contras,” let me ask you this:

What do you think would happen if these protests were to topple the Maduro government? Do you think there would be a deepening or expansion of the revolutionary process?

That’s what I thought.

They need to be stopped by any means necessary.

anonymous asked:

hi i'm only now kinda dabbling in leftism in general and i wanted to know genuinely how you respond to those who say that their family has been deeply hurt by communist regimes (i.e. castro and in venezuela right now) bc i honestly find myself stumped and not knowing how i would respond to that. i don't wanna invalidate their hurt either yk? i just find myself contradicting myself from time to time.

First of all, Venezuela is not nor has it ever been communist. Not all socialists are communists. Venezuela subscribes to something Hugo Chavez refers to as “21st century socialism.”

Second of all, it really depends on how they’ve been “hurt.” White Miami Cubans for example hate Castro bc their families used to be landlords & plantation owners and they used their land/plantations to exploit poor people & profit from their labor. Castro then expropriated their lands/plantations and the tragedy (according to them) is that they’re no longer able to exploit people. I have no sympathy for these people. Similarly (but to a lesser extent), Venezuelans who were well-off before the Bolivarian Revolution are against its socialist reforms bc it limits their ability to exploit people (in other words, is against their class interests).

Of course, there are definitely people who have valid critiques/concerns bc no government is or will ever be perfect. But in the case of third-world countries (especially left-wing countries), whatever difficulties they may be having are often made worse by outside intervention. For example, the U.S. embargo on Cuba has caused Cuba to miss out on over a trillion dollars in revenue since 1960. Saudi Arabia, one of the U.S.’s closest allies, purposely started selling oil at $28 a barrel (where it was previously $110) in keeping with U.S. foreign policy goals, one of them being to undermine the Bolivarian Revolution. Venezuela is dependent on oil for revenue so this plays a huge role in the current crisis.

My point being that everything has a historical context, even the things that I would condemn. Western media would love to have you believe that socialist governments are inherently flawed and their shortcomings don’t warrant further examination, but that’s not the case.

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I wish this had subtitles because it’s hard to hear the translator towards the end.  But nevertheless, this is precisely why Comrade Hugo Chavez must and will always be remembered!

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Bolshevik Revolution Celebrated by Venezuela

IN PICTURES: Venezuelans brandishing placards featuring Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin took to the streets commemorating the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution.

A crowd dressed in red and brandishing images of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, often juxtaposed with the former leader of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, celebrated in the streets of Caracas to mark 100 years since the founding of the first socialist state.

“We, as revolutionaries and socialists, join in this global commemoration,” said Freddy Bernal, a member of the National Directorate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, who called for the mobilization.

Workers marched from Caracas’ Autonomous National Telephone Company to the Miraflores Presidential Palace.

The celebration was one among several taking place in various places around Latin America, recognizing the profound impact the Russian revolution had in the region, spurring anti-imperialist, progressive, and socialist movements throughout.

Via teleSUR English

ultra-acid-fairy  asked:

Wait so what is actually happening in Venezuela?

SITUATION OF VENEZUELA EXPLAINED

*Note: There’s a short list of acronyms explained at the bottom of the post.

*I would much appreciate if you (anyone reading this) could reblog this post to raise awareness on the matters without the bias of mainstream media. Also, comment me anything inaccurate I could have written, any further information you can contribute or any other questions about the topic.

What’s happening right now as in recent news?

Some (very few) soldiers (some of them weren’t even soldiers) declared themselves in rebellion against the government, to “restore the constitutional order” and claiming that “the peoples shall rebel against the “”tirany”” of President Nicolás Maduro”, following the «Operación David».

Basically, they called for the military, police and civilians to disobey the actual constitutional and democratic order to overthrow it even by violent means, because they consider everyone that supports or doesn’t directly oppose the government and structures of the state “military objectives” that should by fought with “every firepower available”(these are literal words).

These people (around a dozen or so) held a military base in Valencia, Carabobo have been arrested and the base has been taken back by the army loyal to the government, so everything is back to normality for now.

The “rebels” called for other battalions to join them taking up arms against the government, but no one supported the insurrectionists (even if the opposition is saying that they did in some places to spread a false believe that a notable part of the army supports their counter-revolution and try to facilitate a future coup d’état).


What’s happening in the grand scheme of things and why did these people do that?

Well, that’s a complicated question that I’m not able to answer in detail being that I’m not Venezuelan nor I’m well informed in the affairs of the legal system of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela or know their Constitution and recent history, but I’ll try my best.

To understand what’s happening right now, we must head back to the parliamentary elections of 2015.

The opposition (more specifically the MUD, Mesa de la Unidad Democrática) won 112 of the 167 seats of the National Assembly and the chavistas (the GPP coalition, Gran Polo Patriótico Simón Bolivar) won the other 55 seats. This granted MUD a two thirds majority, and even if the loss was democratically accepted by the GPP, the Supreme Court saw evidencies of fraud in the state of Amazonas, that conflicted with the election of three MUD members and a PSUV (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, major chavista party) member.

Because of that, the TS (Tribunal Superior, Supreme Court) declared as invalid the takeover of the seats mentioned before as a temporary measure, until further investigation would be made to solve the issue.

Despite of the TS’s decision, the AN ruled by the opposition didn’t obey the order and continued to take actions as a formed government with the inclusion of the suspended members by possible fraud, which led to any said action to be declared invalid by the TS.

Given that the AN was in contempt (en desacato, not following the law), the TS took over the legislative branch until they accept the court’s action, following the constitution and the laws of the State.

The opposition, whoever, said that this was a “move towards dictatorship” and considered illegitimate the takeover of the AN or any other mesurare by the official powers, which led them to disobeying the State order and so on.


With all this taken into account, having the opposition in constant violence against the State order, President Nicolás Maduro called for the Asamblea Nacional Constituyente (National Constituent Assembly, ANC for short) to reform the country and aiming for peace and stability. This is totally legal as the article 348 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela says that any of the following can call for the ANC: the President, the AN (not right now because it’s out of power by rule of the TS) with at least two thirds of the votes, at least two thirds of the Municipal Councils (more local-like governments), or at least 15% of the people that can vote.

The goal of the ANC, as the Constitution(articles 347 and 349) states, is the following: given that the people of Venezuela are the trusted with the original constituent power, they have the power to transform the State, create a new juridical order (legal system) and write a new Constitution.

What the citizens of Venezuela decide via the ANC is legitimate because the people have the power in Venezuela (a true factor in favor of the democracy in the country that few places in the world have, by the way), and so it can’t be taken down by the President or any other form of power.

Because the President himself made the call (which is totally legal and constitutional as mentioned before in the article 348) to the ANC, the opposition is nonsensically calling it a coup d’état and not taking it as legitimate, so they oppose any future ruling by it or in favour of making it possible. To show this opposition to the ANC, they (the MUD, the opposition themselves) called for a referendum with the following three questions:

1. Do you oppose and not know about the proposal for the Constituent (ANC) by Nicolás Maduro without the previous approval of the citizens of Venezuela?

2. Do you demand the National Armed Force and to every public worker to obey the Constitution and to back the decisions of the AN?

3. Do you want to elect new public powers and a new “national unity government” to return constitutional order through new elections?

First, let me show why these questions are not valid to begin with, and later I’ll explain why the voting itself was poorly made and not legitimate.

1. As the Constitution states, the President can make the proposal for the ANC, without the approval of any other members, as well as the AN could have made the call without the President, for example.

2. The Armed Force is obeying the constitution and its commander-in-Chief: the President Nicolás Maduro. The AN can’t be backed up by no one because it’s in  contempt and not following the law, so it’s powers are transferred to the TC following the Constitution.

3. The Constitutional order is in rule the entire time. The calling for new elections is made by the CNE, as the Constitution states. If the want to revoke any public office member or elect new ones, they could hold a legal and binding referendum, but they didn’t.

Let’s continue with what was done wrong in the referendum of the opposition:

This referendum was unconstitutionally called and so it didn’t have the backing of the Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE, National Electoral Council). Because of that, the opposition made up entirely the process of the referendum, without the complete and updated electoral census, without the means to validate the results (voting machines and other methods, which, by the way, are very transparent and reliable and few countries have) and without the means to detect electoral fraud at major scale.

Even that, the government let them do their “referendum” and major fraud was made: people were able to vote dozens of times, even with expired IDs or with the IDs of dead or other people (if it was made following the constitution and with the support of the CNE, the would scan the fingerprints and IDs), the voting records were literally burnt in the streets as soon as the voting was finished, which made it impossible to audit the liability of the results.

In summary: this voting lacks any legitimacy.


Following the calling for the ANC, the citizens of Venezuela were called to vote with all the means given by the CNE to verify the correct voting, to chose the 500 members of the assembly. Those 500 members consist of: 79 workers, 28 retired/pensionary people, 24 students, 24 representatives of the communes, 8 farmers and fishermen/fisherwomen, 5 disabled people, 5 businessmen/businesswomen, and 364 other citizens elected by each territory.

So, in June 30th, even if the opposition abstained from voting their representatives or postulating themselves, and despite the violent means, threats, roadblocks, and many other impediments that tried to make people not to vote, millions of Venezuelans took part in a democratic choosing to reconstitute the country’s organisation.

This showed the strength of the Bolivarian Revolution across the country and the overall support for peace and for the legitimate sovereignty of the peoples government, something that the opposition will never be capable of having and so the only mean they have is the coward and mercenary style of U.$. backed paramilitary uprising, which will also be crushed by the courageous revolutionary people of Venezuela.


  • AN: Asamblea Nacional, National Assembly, parliament of Venezuela.
  • ANC: Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, National Constituent Assembly, where the peoples power lies in, to reform the country’s structure and Constitution.
  • CNE: Consejo Nacional Electoral, National Electoral Council, agency that manages electoral affairs.
  • GPP: Gran Polo Patriótico Simón Bolivar, chavista/bolivarian/left wing party coalition.
  • ID: Identity document, Cédula de Identidad in the case of Venezuela.
  • MUD: Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, opposition/center and right wing party coalition.
  • PSUV: Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, major chavista party inside the GPP.
  • TS: Tribunal Supremo, Supreme Court.

hey guys, for everyone concerned about the textpost i made the other day (this one) i decided to translate what nicolás maduro (president of venezuela) said for all of you non-spanish speakers. you can watch the video here if you want.

this is exactly what he said:

“Nosotros somos la única opción de paz que tiene Venezuela. Y yo se lo digo al mundo, escuchen eso. […]  Y aspiro que el mundo escuche después de 90 días de violencia, de destrucción, y de muerte. Si Venezuela fuera sumida en el caos y en la violencia, y fuera destruida la Revolución Bolivariana nosotros iríamos al combate, nosotros jamás nos rendiríamos. ¡Y lo que no se pudo con los votos lo haríamos con las armas! ¡Liberaríamos nuestra patria con las armas! Liberaríamos la patria grande como lo hicieron Bolívar, Sucre, Negro Primero… Que nadie se llame a engaño, queremos paz; somos hombres y mujeres de paz, pero somos guerreros.”

and this is my translation, however, it might not be 100% accurate because my english is not really good:

“We are the only option of peace Venezuela has. And I say this to the world, listen to this… I hope the world listens after 90 days of violence, of destruction, and of death. If Venezuela was pungled in chaos and violence, and the Bolivarian Revolution was destroyed, we would go to combat, we would never give up. And what we couldn’t accomplish with votes we would accomplish with weapons! We’d free our homeland with weapons! We’d free our homeland like Bolívar, Sucre and Negro Primero did. Don’t be fooled, we want peace. We’re men and women of peace, but we are warriors.”

we are literally living a dictatorship hiding behind the name of democracy. this is not the first time maduro admits he won’t leave his position no matter what we do. the government has basically admitted they are dictators, and they’re still doing their best to hide everything from the media. please, keep us in your thought and spread what you can about our situation. we’re literally being murdered, tortured, starved and ignored by those in power who should be protecting us. again, i ask you to signal boost all news you can find about venezuela. this is not okay.

God I hate the situation in Venezuela so much because no one has a goddamn brain. People are either “DEFEND THE GREAT BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION, VENEZUELA IS A MIGHTY SOCIALIST STATE” *puke* or “CHAVISTAS ARE EVIL! THIS IS A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS!! YALL DON’T CARE BECAUSE THIS IS A LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRY! HELP THE INNOCENT OPPOSITION!” *double fucking puke*
Like hey y'all realize that a country can have some positive programs and aspirations and still crumble because of the liberal bourgeois foundations of its society and government, right? And that the opposition isn’t necessarily Good and Righteous and can be comprised of a bunch of manipulative bastards taking every attempt to violently coup the party in power for their own gain, right? That Venezuela is a capitalist country with a repressive bourgeois police force with a few communal programs that don’t amount to shit?
And despite all of this the Chavistas remain the most popular (27% isn’t saying much, far more people are dissatisfied with all parties). I’m just sick of people automatically treating the opposition as some Heroic Noble Resistance when they’re just as slimy and corrupt as the worst Chavistas.
Venezuela is proof that you can’t create a socialist society through liberal reform, because it will always blow up in your face due to opposing forces you’re incapable of dealing with.

I think support for Maduro is misunderstood as support for Maduro personally or his administration specifically. The claim that “western leftists” are divorced from Venezuelan realities bc they don’t live in Venezuela holds no water bc it’s not like we don’t live in a globalised world where people almost anywhere can share their experiences. Forget about even western leftists…I was listening to an interview with George Ciccarello-Maher where he states that most Venezuelans support the Maduro administration because it represents the Bolivarian Revolution. Even those opposed to Maduro & that have become disillusioned by Chavismo know that not supporting the government is not an option because the opposition is trying to regain power by any means necessary (including that of violence & terrorism) and if successful will restore neoliberalism & austerity, which is almost universally (Chavista or not) seen as shitty.

"A gun for every militiaman!': Venezuela's president wants to beef up armed civilian groups"

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced plans Monday to expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias as tensions in the crisis-wracked South American nation continued to rise.

Maduro said he hopes to expand the number of civilians involved in the Bolivarian militias created by the late Hugo Chavez to 500,000, up from the current 100,000, and provide each member with a gun.

Speaking to thousands of militia members dressed in beige uniforms gathered in front of the presidential palace to mark the force’s seventh anniversary, Maduro said it is time for Venezuelans to decide if they are “with the homeland” or against it.

“Now is not the time to hesitate,” he said.

The announcement comes as Maduro’s opponents are gearing up for what they pledge will be the largest rally yet to press for elections and a host of other demands Wednesday. Supporters of the president have called for a counter demonstration the same day.

Maduro’s plans come after his Sunday-night order for the military to take the streets in advance of those Wednesday protests.

“From the first reveille (on Monday morning), from the first rooster crow, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces will be in the streets… saying, ‘Long live the Bolivarian revolution,’” Maduro said Sunday night in a televised address.

Thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets since the Supreme Court stripped the National Assembly of its last vestiges of power nearly three weeks ago, a decision it later partly reversed. At least five people have been killed, dozens hurt and more than 100 detained in the demonstrations.

The Maduro government has vowed to hold a counter mass gathering Wednesday in defense of the socialist movement started by Chavez.

Chavez created the civilian militias with the goal of training 1 million Venezuelans to assist the armed forces in the defense of his revolution from external and domestic attacks. Maduro told the militia Monday that vision remains relevant as Venezuela continues to face “imperialist aggression.”

“A gun for every militiaman!” he cried.

Maduro’s government claims foreign-backed opposition leaders are fomenting violence in an attempt to remove him from power. The Venezuelan president has denouncedopponents as “traitors” and said the new deployment was a sign of the military’s “honor, unity and revolutionary commitment.”

The opposition denies that assertion, saying it is Maduro himself who is responsible for Venezuela’s woes, including triple-digit inflation, rising crime and food shortages.

They also blame Maduro for ordering security forces to use tear gas against protesters and failing to stop pro-government armed groups from attacking demonstrators.

Former congresswoman Maria Corina Machado posted a photo of the militia gathering Monday on her Twitter account, calling it a, “pathetic, desperate and unconstitutional attempt by the regimen to intimidate Venezuelans.”

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino vowed the army would display its “fighting spirit ahead of April 19” but said the deployment was “a call to peace.”

“We don’t want confrontation,” he said.

http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-venezuelas-maduro-seeks-to-expand-armed-civilian-militias-2017-4

anonymous asked:

As far as presidents go where would you rate Barack Hussein Obama? Some have stated he's the best president, some have stated he's the worst. To be honest it's mostly white people saying he's the worst which makes no sense when you look at American history and toxic waste like Reagan and Dubya. So based on the details of what the man has accomplished and his failings based on every other president where do you put the man?

Obama was great for Israel, Weapons Manufactures, the Auto Industry, the International Bankers, Wall Street (Institutional Investors), the Saudi Royal Family, the Tech Monopolies, For-Profit Insurance Industry, ISIL…

Obama was good for the (mainstream) Gay Rights Movement, the Negro Elites, Affluent White Liberals, Big Coal, the Struggling Nuclear Power Industry, NATO, Central & South American Oligarchs, Bio-tech Firms, Military Contractors, (mainstream) Feminist, African Oligarchs…

Obama has been a catastrophe for the Black masses (the African Diaspora and Continental Africans), the world’s ecosystems, endangered species (plant & animals), Whistle Blowers, Investigative Journalism, Social Justice Movements (Occupy/BLM), the Global Anti-War Movement, Haiti, Public Education, the Single-Payer Healthcare Struggle, Palestine, The Bolivarian Revolution, World Peace (he ignited a new Cole War)….

So, overall Obama is Great, Good, or Bad depending on where you fall in the Racial, Class, and Ideological spectrum. 

No president can be favored by all, in a nation and a world full of competing and conflicting interest; presidents, just like the rest of us, have to pic a side.  Obama picked and repped his side hard.  Obama is on the side of Empire, Capitalist Class, the Elites, and the Status Quo.

I’m Black, Poor, Socialist, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice, and Pan-African so for me, the Obama Administration and his policies have been horrible, not the worst, but far as fuck from the best, way far; like Nixon was better than Obama, seriously.  Obama is as bad as Woodrow Wilson, not as Racist, but just as manipulative, warmongering, and elitist as Wilson. 

What saves Obama, Bush, Clinton and many other modern presidents is that there were presidents who owned slaves, who would openly rape African women, father Black children, then sell those children on the auction block; it’s kinda hard for post-Emancipation presidents to top that level of evil in the modern era, but it ain’t for lack of trying. 

As for me personally, excluding the POTUS’s that were elected during Chattel Enslavement of my ancestors, I would say Obama was the worst for one primary reason: Cuz He Black, and should fucking know/do better!  I have higher expectations for my own people, no matter how often I’m left down, I still do.  So, to see a Black man behaving like a White man is worse than a White man doing White man things; but that’s just my own bias. 


So, you have both my objective and subjective assessment of Obama’s Administration.

I will be glad when he’s out of office and I hope no other Black man ascends to the helm of the US Empire, I hope the Empire collapses or is dismantled long before then.   

Fuck that people that supports the “bolivarian revolution” in their safe, comfy capitalist country, people that don’t have to do a queue of 4 hours since 5-6 am to buy food because there’s scarcity, people that don’t have to be afraid of being robbed, murdered or kidnapped just because of their phones or jewelry or if the criminals feels like it. Fuck it because we live in fear while people in front of the Venezuelan embassy in NY are supporting “the bolivarian revolution fuck usa viva chavez”. Fuck it all.