Correspondnece: The Venezuelan elections
23 November 2006
If we were Venezuelan we would vote for Chavez!
Venezuela is going to the polls again on December 3. For the twelfth time in a row, the Venezuelan people face the challenge of defeating their country’s right wing, which acts as the electoral arm of imperialism and is trying to destabilise the process underway. In spite of the maintenance of a state structure based on bourgeois democracy, Hugo Chavez continues to represent a decisive factor for the triumph of the revolutionary process.
Manuel Rosales, governor of Zulia, is the candidate of a right obsessed by destroying everything that the revolutionary process has achieved since 1998. For this right-wing, the democratic conquests that the Venezuelan people has obtained through its fight - defeating the coup d’etat of 2002, the bosses’ lockout in winter 2002-03, the multiple attempts at armed and economic destabilization - would immediately have to be swept away to return to a situation in which the State would be strictly at the service of the possessing classes.
The positions taken by the Venezuelan government,
their line of opposition without concessions to the government of the United
States, their repeated opposition to imperialist wars, the withdrawal of
the Venezuelan ambassador to Israel in protest at the war in Lebanon, the
denunciation of the armed intervention in Haiti, the unreserved condemnation
of the policy of Tony Blair towards the Middle East, the open support for
the Latin American left, the diplomatic activism unfolding in Africa, have
made of Chávez one of the most outstanding figures of the anti-imperialist
struggle at a world-wide level, in spite of the limits and contradictions
of his government’s policies.
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