Let us join forces to achieve the full freedom of workers and social activists

Photograph by Provea depicts a protest in february 2020 in Caracas, demanding freedom for Rodney Alvarez and Ruben Gonzalez. Gonzalez received a presidential pardon but Alvarez did not and is still in jail. Note by Venezuelan Workers Solidarity: On August 31st of this year, after negotiations with Opposition leaders mediated by Turkey, the Venezuelan Government … Continue reading Let us join forces to achieve the full freedom of workers and social activists

Statement of the Pemón people rejecting the Venezuelan Mining Corporation’s installation in Canaima

Photo: Omar García, BBC Communiqué available in its original spanish version at Observatorio de Ecología Política de Venezuela We, legitimate authorities, in full exercise of our rights as communal captains, consecrated, and in accordance with the customs and traditions recognized in Article 119 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and protected in … Continue reading Statement of the Pemón people rejecting the Venezuelan Mining Corporation’s installation in Canaima

We demand the freedom of all working class political prisoners in Venezuela

Venezuelan Workers Solidarity We demand the immediate release of all workers imprisoned for engaging in struggle in defense of their rights, regardless of their political affiliation. We also demand justice for the workers, peasants and other activists murdered or otherwise harmed when engaging in protests, strikes, land repossessions and other actions. With this statement, we … Continue reading We demand the freedom of all working class political prisoners in Venezuela

Venezuelan Women Confront State Violence

When the police kill young men in Venezuela, often their mothers are the only ones who seek justice. Institutional barriers to accountability have increased during the pandemic. By Francisco Sánchez; article originally posted in NACLA. Photo caption: Two young boys walking in Petare, Caracas. There is fear on the streets due to police incursions. September … Continue reading Venezuelan Women Confront State Violence

The only fair way out of the Essequibo Conflict

By Simon Rodriguez P. Image extracted from Simon Rodriguez's website On June 30, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) held a hearing on the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana over the Essequibo territory. We have arrived to this after decades of failed mediation attempts by the UN, arranged under the 1966 Geneva Agreement signed … Continue reading The only fair way out of the Essequibo Conflict

Joint statement: The silence of the Venezuelan State, institutions, and political parties against LGBTIQ+ rights

Photo credit: Image extracted from heartsonvenezuela.com website In May 2020, the National Assembly presided by Juan Guaido recognized, through a parliamentarian agreement, the higher vulnerability experienced by the LGBTIQ+ community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the approved document includes a guarantee of article 77 of the National Constitution, which establishes marriage as a … Continue reading Joint statement: The silence of the Venezuelan State, institutions, and political parties against LGBTIQ+ rights

Racism and State Violence in Venezuela

Professor Keymer Ávila is a Researcher at the Institute of Criminal Sciences at the Central University of Venezuela and a Professor of Criminology at the same university. He is one of the foremost scholars and critics of institutional violence and criminal justice policies in current Venezuela. In this interview, originally published on July 6 and … Continue reading Racism and State Violence in Venezuela

Campaign for the freedom of working class political prisoners in Venezuela

By Venezuelan Voices On June 25, a campaign was launched by leftist opposition organizations and union activists, as well as popular and human rights organizations, to demand that the Venezuelan government release hundreds of workers who are currently held as political prisoners. The hashtag #LiberenALosTrabajadoresPresos (Free the Working Class Prisoners) was among the most mentioned … Continue reading Campaign for the freedom of working class political prisoners in Venezuela

March 17th, during the second day of quarantine in Caracas. Credit: Adriana Loureiro Fernández for The New York Times

“The situation is very disgraceful for all” – An Interview with Omar Vázquez Heredia

Omar Vázquez Heredia is a member of the Partido Socialismo y Libertad in Venezuela, and a professor at the Central University of Venezuela. He is the author of the book ‘La Cuestión Chavista. Estado Extractivista y Nación Petrolera’, the result of his PhD studies, where he presents a critical historical account of Chavismo regarding labor, agrarian, gender, settler-colonial and international relations issues. This interview by members of Venezuelan Workers Solidarity was carried out in writing in the week of April 27th.