March 5, 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela has commemorated the one year anniversary of the death of former president Hugo Chavez with rallies across the country.
Supporters of the socialist president turned out in hundreds of thousands for official commemoration services, despite ongoing opposition protests.
In a show of force, in Caracas red crowds flooded the city centre for military and civil parades. Supporters of social programs launched under Chavez, along with social movements aligned with the government also rallied in the capital.
Representatives of neighbouring left leaning governments attended the commemorations, including Cuban president Raul Castro, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and representatives from Ecuador, Argentina, Suriname and others.
Rallies in honour of Chavez’s memory took part across the country. In the Andean city of Mérida, several thousand marched to the central Plaza Bolivar. They chanted slogans such as “Chavez lives, the struggle goes on” and “this government will continue”, in response to the opposition marching chant “this government is going to fall”.
Commemorations are set to continue tonight, including the premiere of a new documentary by Oliver Stone on Chavez’s life. Titled “Mi Amigo Chavez” (My Friend Chavez), the documentary will air on TeleSUR tonight.
Chavez’s successor, President Nicolas Maduro described the late head of state as representative of the “greatest democratisation of political life in the 200 years of the (Venezuelan) republic”.
“Never before in history was there a leader who authentically loved the people, who loved the humble and respected the poor,” he stated.
“It was a vindication of the poor and the workers, their rights, their education, culture and dignity,” Maduro stated.
From basic Marxist concepts to explanations of historical revolutions and workers states that have built towards socialism, “The Truth About Communism” clearly and concisely lays out the Marxist-Leninist view of society, history, and revolution.
Excerpts from “The Truth About Communism”:
You are a worker. You may have a job working
behind a counter, sweeping floors, selling things,
answering phones, working on an assembly line,
cooking food, teaching, building things, or doing
anything else. You may have a job serving the public.
You may have a job producing things. You may have a
job fixing things or advising others. You may have
multiple college degrees. You may have a very specific
and rare skill. You may be unemployed at the moment.
You may be a student. You may be disabled. You may
be in prison. Regardless of the specific aspects of your
job situation, you are a worker.
A “Prison Industrial Complex” has been set up.
Capitalists are making lots of money from locking
people in prison. So, naturally they push for a “war on
drugs,” lengthy prison sentences and other expansions
of the prison system, in order to make more profits.
The fact that over 2 million people are prison in the
In the “Prison Industrial Complex”, capitalists make profits
from locking up working people.
This is not a “conspiracy theory.” There is no
secret cabal or mystical plan being put into operation.
The problems faced by billions of working people
today are simply the result of capitalists trying to
make more profits for themselves at the expense of
the rest of humanity.
What is good for capitalists tends to be bad for
workers. Wars, unemployment, environmental
destruction, mass imprisonment and poverty are all
bad for workers. But they all also mean more profits
for the capitalists.
To see Socialism fully blossom, we must see
world revolution. Only when imperialism has been
brought down, and no longer threatens the people of
the world, can the full development of socialism come
into being. Only after Socialism has thrived as a global
system, and greatly increased the technological
capabilities of the human race, can the higher stage of
Communism begin to unfold.
Today in history: March 6, 1957 - Ghana wins independence from British colonialism.
(image: Kwame Nkrumah, first leader of independent Ghana)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
Tribuna Popular, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), reports on the party’s Feb. 24 news conference on the situation following an imperialist-backed coup attempt earlier in February. The report included a comment on a “peace dialog” convened by the government that same day to which all political forces were invited. Translated by WW Managing Editor John Catalinotto.
The Communist Party of Venezuela reaffirmed its support for the peace initiatives advanced by the national government led by President Nicolás Maduro, and warned that this dialog must not lose sight of the sharpening class struggle we face in the country.
“You win peace by defeating fascism,” said Oscar Figuera, secretary general of the PCV, after insisting that it is necessary that the dialog serve “to deepen the process of change and the defense of popular advances and to raise the level of organization and militancy of the masses.”
Figuera warned of the risk of “conciliation with imperialism and its internal forces” and said that conciliation “has historically led to submission and defeat of the processes of liberation by the counterrevolution.”
The communist leader said that in this context, marked by a pro-imperialist reactionary offensive of an international character, the central question is “how imperialism, its transnational corporations and the Venezuelan oligarchy associated with imperialist interests regain their privileges to once again exploit the wealth of our people.”
Surat, Gujarat, India: All India MSS observes International Women’s Day of protest as day of protest against atrocities toward women, March 6, 2014.
Via Ajanta Sinha Ghosh
March 6, 1988: Mairéad Farrell, Irish republican and socialist, was shot dead by the British SAS on this day along with two comrades in Gibraltar.
"Everyone tells me I’m a feminist. All I know is that I’m just as good as others, and especially that means men. I am definitely a socialist and I’m definitely a Republican. I believe in a united socialist country. Capitalism can offer our people nothing and yet that’s the main interest of the British in Ireland. "
Via Comrade Brad
West Bank, occupied Palestine: The Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) has called for a march on Saturday, March 8, International Women’s Day, beginning in Qalandiya refugee camp, and marching toward the apartheid barrier wall.
Via Richard Reilly
Dozens of protesters marched Wednesday through the heart of Times Square in New York City to express their support to the Government of Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro and the legacy of Commander Hugo Chávez, defender of the poor and architect of the current process of Latin American integration.
Demonstrators marched through the flagship sector of Broadway theaters to the headquarters of The New York Times, where they delivered a letter protesting the newspaper’s coverage of the situation in Venezuela.
The demonstrators chanted slogans like “Chavez lives, the struggle continues” and “Maduro listen, we are in the fight” at an action convened by the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle to mark the first anniversary of the passing of the revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez.
Comrade Ho Chi Minh, leader of Vietnam’s history struggle for national liberation and socialism.
The countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) will issue stamps in honor of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, to commemorate the first anniversary of his departure.
In the case of Nicaragua, authorities in the Central American country decided to issue two stamps.
In one of the seals Chávez is seen with the South American map in his hands and on the other at his inauguration as President.
The launch will take place Wednesday during the main event in honor of the revolutionary leader to be held in the Plaza Hugo Chavez in Managua, opened in July 2013.
ALBA was an initiative of Chavez and the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, founded in 2004. It is composed of Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.