Message from President Nicolas Maduro

On August 4 an attempt was made to assassinate the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, whilst he was delivering a speech at central Bolivar Avenue in Caracas to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard. Fortunately, the president was unharmed during the attempt, however seven security personnel were injured. Two drones installed with explosives were utilised by the attackers and were destroyed by the military before they reached the president.

The president took to twitter and gave thanks to all those who oppose these attacks.

“I thank the peoples and governments of the world who have spoken out against the attack that aimed to end my life,”

We at Red youth and CPGB-ML reaffirm our solidarity with the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian revolution.

We reproduce in full for our readers the response of president Nicolas Maduro to this assassination attempt.

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Venezuela chooses to Resist! US increases economic and political attacks in run up to Elections

Helena Menéndez, press secretary of the Venezuelan Embassy, delivers a message to Progressive British workers at CPGB-ML’s international BBQ, held at Saklatvala Hall in Southall, west London, on Saturday 25 July.

She outlines the history of the last 15 years of struggle in Venezuela, who’s basic meaning has been to use the vast wealth of Venezuela to improve the lives of the Venezuelan people.

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This is precisely why the progressive Venezuelan government has fallen foul of US imperialism, who’s former president James Monroe openly declared his doctrine that European powers had no business in the Americas – for they were now the colonial possession of the USA. For almost 200 years this ‘principle’ has guided US policy, being re-asserted by the entire US establishment, including presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.

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Hear Cuba Speak – August 2015

Hear the Cuban people speak: On the release of the Cuban 5; On US-Cuba relations; On Obama’s role; On the ongoing blockade and the UN General Assembly resolution against it; On the role of the capitalist media; on North Korea.

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Cuba, Korea, Venezuela: Building Peace; Fighting Imperialism

Last weekend, the CPGB-ML held its 2015 summer celebration of internationalism and BBQ. THe meeting was attended by over 100 of our members and supporters, and was addressed by representatives from the Cuban, DPR Korean and Venezuelan Embassies, who brought greetings from their governments and people, and updated comrades present on the latest developments in their struggles, and the contemporary situation in their countries.

Each of these countries, stands on the front line of the anti-imperialist struggle, and delivers a message of solidarity from their anti-imperialist, progressive and socialist movements, peoples and governments.

British workers have much to learn from the workers of these countries about how to build and maintain a movement for social emancipation.

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Birmingham memorial meeting sends message to Venezuelan embassy

Chavez lives!

Tonight, in Birmingham, at the offices of the Birmingham branch of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist – Leninist) our comrades organised a memorial meeting for our dear departed comrade Hugo Chavez. The meeting was supported by the Indian Workers Association (Great Britain), the Birmingham section of the Communist Corresponding Society and the community organisation from our area United We Stand, representing the people of Balsall Heath, Sparkbrook and Highgate. A number of local people, including a section of unemployed comrades working in the unemployed section of United We Stand gave messages expressing their love for Hugo Chavez and their solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution.

As we are unable to attend London in time to sign the book of condolence we passed the following resolution unanimously,

Red Salute to Hugo Chavez from the revolutionary Birmingham proletariat!

A great revolutionary light has been extinguished, but the cause for which President Hugo Chávez fought lives on as his abiding legacy, for it is the finest cause in all the world – and he served it truly.

It is with profound sorrow that we learned of Comrade Chávez’s deteriorating medical condition and death, but his great spirit – which helped to transform the economic and political relations of his fellow workers, the Venezuelan masses, and the Americas – lives on.

Hugo Chávez will live forever in the hearts of the working masses of Venezuela, the Caribbean, Latin America, and all who struggle for the liberation of humanity.

Those assembled tonight at this memorial meeting in Birmingham, UK, pledge to do all we can in the coming months to ensure that imperialist interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs is scuppered, and that comrade Hugo Chavez’s immense contribution to building a socialist Latin America, and his work towards the defeat of imperialism is never forgotten!”

A red salute to Comrade Hugo Chavez!

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Memorial meeting for Hugo Chavez

Friday 8 March at 7pm
The Lucas Arms
254a Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8QZ

ALL WELCOME
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Memorial meeting for Hugo Chavez

Friday 8 March at 7pm
Che House
274 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 0BS

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Hugo Chavez

A great revolutionary light has been extinguished, but the cause for which President Hugo Chávez fought lives on as his abiding legacy, for it is the finest cause in all the world – and he served it truly.

It is with profound sorrow that we learned of Comrade Chávez’s deteriorating medical condition and death, but his great spirit – which helped to transform the economic and political relations of his fellow workers, the Venezuelan masses, and the Americas – lives on.

Hugo Chávez will live forever in the hearts of the working masses of Venezuela, the Caribbean, Latin America, and all who struggle for the liberation of humanity.

All men must die, but death can vary in its significance. The ancient Chinese writer Szuma Chien said that “Though death befalls all men alike, it may be weightier than Mount Tai or lighter than a feather.” And Comrade Mao Zedong added that “To die for the people is weightier than Mount Tai, but to work for the fascists and die for the exploiters and oppressors is lighter than a feather.” (‘Serve the people’, speech given at a memorial for Comrade Chang Szu-teh, 8 September 1944)

Though he gained power via election, defeating a former beauty queen, Chávez struggled relentlessly to implement social reforms, by constitutional means, to improve the lot of the working people.

He did so in the teeth of the fierce opposition of the wealthy Venezuelan bourgeois elite, who had originally penned the constitution to serve their own interests.

There can be no doubt that Chávez numbered among the great revolutionary spirits of his time. His name is rightly associated with those of Fidel and Raul Castro, Evo Morales, Daniel Ortega and other Latin-American revolutionaries. Many of his followers considered he followed in the footsteps of their great revolutionary hero Che Guevara.

He strove to liberate the masses from poverty and US imperial domination; to serve the people and to arm them politically and organisationally.

For this reason, he was loved by the Venezuelan working masses, and for the same reason he was hated by the wealthy comprador capitalist elite and their media, who ceaselessly connived and collaborated with the US imperial goliath against his presidency and his government.

If it was the ballot box that brought Chávez to power, it was also the bullet – the threat of the revolutionary violence of the oppressed, whose representative he undoubtedly was – that maintained him.

It was the great love and popular support of the Venezuelan masses, for Commandante Chávez, and the loyalty of the rank and file of the Venezuelan military that frustrated the CIA’s illegal coup attempt in 2002. The US has never apologised for its dirty propaganda, political interference, and violent military campaign against the democratically elected president of Venezuela, and against the Venezuelan people and state.

For the US imperialists, although bogged down in their colonial campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, never ceased to regard all Latin America as their ‘back yard’, their ‘lebensraum’, their ‘natural’ colony to exploit, and they ceaselessly conspired with the local elite to depose Chávez.

The imperialists and reactionaries never forgave Chávez for his nationalisation of the great oil and mineral resources of Venezuela; for his social and medical programmes to improve the health and lives of Venezuelan people based upon this national wealth; for his successful and creative advocacy of socialist principles. Nor did they cease to rage at his practical, economic and political cooperation with communist Cuba, and with the popular progressive and anti-imperialist governments in Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, El-Salvador, Zimbabwe, north Korea and elsewhere. When he successfully campaigned to change the constitution to tip the balance of power to benefit the poor, their anger rose to fever pitch.

Of course, the US cannot apologise for its unceasing attempts to bring Chávez’s government down, for its intentions remain unchanged: to re-conquer, to subdue and to repossess Venezuela’s huge wealth, to pour her resources into US imperialism’s failing economy, sustained as it is only by bloodshed and plunder.

As we mourn our fallen hero, therefore, we pledge also to redouble our efforts to defend the values and that Comrade Hugo Chávez upheld.

Imperialists all over the world will no doubt be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of rolling back the popular gains in Venezuela. We must remain vigilant, in opposing the attempts to recolonise Venezuela and Latin America.

We send our heartfelt condolences to Hugo Chávez’s family, comrades and supporters, and a final red salute to our fallen comrade!

Patria O Muerte!
Long live Socialism!

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