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  • Cort Greene
    Another video from MayDay Barrio TV, marcha 1ro. de mayo 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aGzDNgRJB5U [AUDIO] Venezuelan
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2013
      Another video from MayDay
      Barrio TV, marcha 1ro. de mayo 2013

      [AUDIO] Venezuelan presidential elections and the opposition attempted
      03 May 2013

      Hands Off Venezuela

      - <http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/elections_fraud_coup/print.htm>

      On April 29, Jorge Martin from the Hands Off Venezuela campaign was
      interviewed by Sylvia Richardson from Latin
      the results of the Venezuelan presidential election on April 14, the claims
      by the opposition that there had been fraud and the challenges facing the
      Venezuelan revolution.

      Latin Waves is broadcast on CJSF, the Simon Fraser University radio station
      in Vancouver, but then syndicated to a whole series of radio stations
      across North America and beyond.

      Here's the full audio of the interview:

      click on url:




      *Resolutions for HOV Conference 2013*

      On the April 14 presidential election

      Defend the Bolivarian revolution � respect the democratic will of the people

      On April 14, the Bolivarian candidate Nicol�s Maduro won the presidential
      elections with 7,586,251 votes (50.61%) against the opposition candidate
      Henrique Capriles who received 7,361,512 votes (49.12%), with a turnout of

      The opposition refused to recognise the results of the election and has
      launched a campaign of violence. On the night of April 15 several CDI
      health clinics were attacked across the country, as well as alternative and
      state media outlet buildings and journalists, offices of the United
      Socialist Party of Venezuela, etc. As a result of this politically
      motivated violence 9 people were killed, all of them in the Bolivarian camp.

      The noisy campaign of the opposition was combined with a national and
      international media campaign, international interference and pressure (from
      the United States, Spain and OAS), etc. In effect, the aim was to create a
      situation of chaos, challenge all of the democratic institutions and
      prepare the way for a coup, just as in April 2002.

      Faced with this campaign, described by president Maduro as a �developing
      coup d�Etat� we note the following:

      - the Venezuelan presidential election was conducted on the basis of the
      same electoral register, voting system and machines as the October 7
      presidential election, the results of which the opposition did recognise

      - the voting machines and systems were audited prior to the elections, on
      election day and the day after, with the presence of opposition technicians
      and no complaint was registered

      - on election night 54% of polling booths, chosen randomly, were publicly
      audited with the presence of opposition and Bolivarian observers. The
      voting results recorded by the voting machines were checked against the
      paper receipts in the boxes. No complaints were registered.

      - the elections were observed by over 170 international observers from many
      countries including India, Brazil, Great Britain, Argentina, South Korea,
      Spain and France. Among the observers were two former presidents (of
      Guatemala and the Dominican Republic), judges, lawyers and high-ranking
      officials of national electoral councils. All of them stated that the
      elections had been free and fair and the system transparent, reliable,
      well-run and thoroughly audited.

      - all governments around the world have now recognised the democratically
      elected president of Venezuela, Nicol�s Maduro, with the exception of the
      United States.

      - instead of following the legal procedures for challenging the result or
      lodging specific complaints, the opposition incited violence. No complaints
      were lodged with the National Electoral Council until four days later, when
      9 people had already been killed.

      - at the demand of the opposition, the National Electoral Council decided
      to audit the remaining 46% polling booths. The opposition then said it
      would not participate in this audit and would not recognise its results and
      will challenge the election results in front of the Supreme Court of

      Hands Off Venezuela conference resolves therefore to:

      - recognise the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro

      - explain the real issues involved and counter the lies, manipulation and
      half-truths of the mass media regarding the Bolivarian revolution and
      particularly the election process

      - campaign to defend the democratically expressed will of the Venezuelan
      people and the election of President Maduro against any attempts to remove
      him by means of a coup

      - reject the hypocrisy of the so-called �democratic� opposition which is
      the same one which organised the coup in 2002 and has constantly attempted
      to remove the democratically elected government of Venezuela and destroy
      its Bolivarian revolution

      - demand that those responsible for the violence and the killings of the
      days after the elections should be brought to justice and punished, both
      those who committed those acts as well as those who are responsible for
      incitement - enough impunity

      - redouble our efforts to defend the Bolivarian revolution and organise
      solidarity with it in the British trade union and labour movement and
      amongst the population in general


      Solidarity with the women workers of GOTCHA - for nationalisation under
      workers control

      This Hands Off Venezuela conference notes the courageous struggle of the
      women workers of Gotcha, the textile factory in Aragua.

      We note that:

      - the workers of Gotcha attempted to form a union in order to address the
      problems of health and safety, working conditions, legal rights and others
      there were facing in the period of 2006-08.

      - the owner of the factory responded by making all of them redundant and
      abandoning production

      - the workers of Gotcha decided to take over the installations, occupy them
      and start to produce under workers control from 2008.

      - since the beginning of the occupation the workers have had to face many
      attempts by the former owner and also bureaucrats in state institutions
      (like electricity company Corpoelec) to sabotage their production.

      - the workers at Gotcha also face problems derived from their lack of any
      legal status.

      - the workers of Gotcha have been struggling for the expropriation of the
      factory under workers control, as has been done previously by the
      Bolivarian government in the cases of Venepal, CNV, INAF and others.

      - the workers of Gotcha have played an active role in the national movement
      for workers control

      - the women workers of Gotcha are an inspiring example of how workers can
      produce without bosses, but bosses cannot produce without workers.

      We therefore resolve to:

      - organise solidarity with the struggling women workers of Gotcha within
      the British trade union movement.

      - to request from the Bolivarian government of Nicolas Maduro the
      expropriation of the factory, so that the company can be nationalised under
      the democratic control of the workers themselves.


      Hands Off Venezuela Steering Committee proposal

      Katerina Annis, Amancay Colque, Darrall Cozens, Jorge Martin, Rodrigo
      Trompiz, Rob Sewell, Julian Sharpe, Matt Stevenson, Ronnie Turus, Rob Walsh
      � honorary president: John McDonnell*

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