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Features: Indigenous and Afro-Venezuelans

Pemon Indigenous Occupy Airport in Venezuela: “We Have Had Enough of Broken Promises”

The occupied airport does not see much traffic (all photos Z.C. Dutka / Venezuelanalysis.com)

VA.com's Z.C. Dutka gives an eyewitness account of the break out of an indigenous protest in the town of Santa Elena de Uairen in southern Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Indigenous Pemon are Caught in Time on Land Too Valuable for Numbers

A pemon boy rests on the way to Mt. Roraima. (Benjamin Mast)
In the shadow of Columbus Day, venezuelanalysis.com writer Z.C. sketches, through interviews, an intimate portrait of a changing people – the Pemon of Venezuela’s mineral-rich Southeastern border. Their testimonies of struggle reflect the country’s changing political landscape and highlights a stark generational gap that afflicts many of Latin America’s first nation peoples.

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Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching

Caption: Unidentified emergency medical technician attempts to protect Muñoz. (Carlos Becerra/Demotrix)

Almost three months have passed since an enraged right-wing mob brutally beat law student William Muñoz (30), then doused him with gasoline. It was a scene horrifically reminiscent of lynchings that have murdered thousands of Black people in the U.S.

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Afrodescendant Group of Venezuela’s National Institute of Women Make Contact with Remote Community

From left to right: Yeisenia Soto, Gisela León and school staff. Photo by Arlene Eisen

Outsiders rarely visit Quebrada Fo Fa, an Afrodescendant community some 30 kilometers of unpaved road away from the main highway between Caracas and the better known coastal towns of Barlovento. On May 22, staff from the Afrodescendant Group of the National Institute of Women (INAMUJER), based in Caracas,  travelled to Quebrada Fo Fa  to establish ties with community members there.

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Venezuela’s Afro Descendent Front Proposes Program of Action to Confront Racism and Fascism

Camacho handing Maduro the Manifesto (AVN)

On Saturday, May 10, ignoring the rain, more than 1000 African Descendant Venezuelans flooded the streets to mark the official Day of Afrovenezolanidad (Afro-Venezuelaness). VA.com's Arlene Eisen reports.

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Racism Sin Vergüenza in the Venezuelan Counter-Revolution

Racism in San Bernadino, it reads "Against the moneky, the blacks and the poor - PJ (Justice First Party)" (La Voz del

Racism is one of the main engines and expressions of the current counter-revolution. In Venezuela the revolutionary struggle to end white supremacy and for self-determination is slow, and complicated by white elites, backed by US imperialism, and by the denial of many that racism persists.

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Indigenous Policy in Venezuela: Between Unity and Pluralism

Indigenous spokespeople, Venezuela (archive)

In celebration of the Day of Indigenous Resistance on October 12th, the Venezuelan government announced numerous initiatives aimed at assisting and empowering indigenous communities. While such initiatives as well as rights guaranteed in the constitution have successfully come to fruition in many indigenous communities, they have faced obstacles in others.

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Will the Bolivarian Revolution End Coal Mining in Venezuela?

The Wayúu, Yukpa, and Barí indigenous communities who would have been displaced by the coal mining projects in their lands cautiously interpret the Chavez government's suspension of these projects as a temporary sign of relief. But their struggle against coal mining has lasted a quarter of a century and will not conclude until mining concessions are repealed for good.

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How Chavez Changed Life in the Tribal Territories

Venezuela used to regard its indigenous people contemptuously, but President Hugo Chávez set up a constitution that respects their wishes and their ownership of land. He promised, and has delivered, some improvements in their daily lives and prospects, but the changes are still slow and hesitant.

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Hugo Chávez and the Politics of Race

While Chávez's strategy of appealing to racial minorities in the U.S. is certainly bold, it is hardly surprising given his and Venezuela's history. Chávez support for Venezuela's indigenous and afro-Venezuelan population has inspired not only oppressed minorities within his own country but also blacks living outside Venezuela.

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Racism and Racial Divides in Venezuela

Chucho García

An interview with Jesus "Chucho" Garcia, Venezuela's leading activist against and researcher of racism in Venezuela. As a Venezuelan of African descent, he talks about the denial of racism in Venezuela and what needs to be done to overcome it.

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