At the centre of the social and political changes of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution
By Ewan Robertson - Venezuelanalysis.com
At the centre of the social and political changes of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution is the grassroots organisation and protagonism of the people, who are continually pushing to collectively transform society. These images give an insight of the people and movements driving Venezuela’s mass revolutionary politics forward, and their messages, confidence, and dignity. They were taken during the 2011 May Day march in the capital Caracas, and in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz in April this year.
A women standing outside a “food house” which she runs on behalf of the government from her home. The houses were initially set up to ensure the very poorest had access to food, however she stated that less and less people visit in recent years, as food security has broadly come to be guaranteed to the Venezuelan population. (Ewan Robertson).
Workers of the nationalised iron ore extraction company Ferrominero in a planning and education session about how to implement a system of worker control. This forms part of Plan Socialist Guyana, whose stated aim is to introduce worker control in all of the heavy nationalised industries in the eastern Guyana region of Venezuela. (Ewan Robertson).
A worker of the Grafitos del Orinoco factory. His uniform states: “under worker control”. (Ewan Robertson).
In the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz. Workers conducting a of tour of the carbon graphite “Grafitos del Orinoco” factory, which has been run under a system of worker control since 2009. After an eight month struggle against the former owners, the workers were supported by the government and awarded the legal right to their factory. It is now run by an assembly of all 54 workers, with an equal role in decision-making and surplus wealth being given to community projects. (Ewan Robertson).
Kids, Two young friends marching on May Day, displaying the Venezuelan national flag. (Alex Utrera).
The youth wing of the Venezuela Communist Party demanding an end to precarious forms of labour and “dignified work”. (Ewan Robertson).
A man proudly sporting his communist party badge. (Alex Utrera).
For another culture: socialist, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist” proclaims this organisation's banner, calling for a “permanent revolutionary cultural assembly (Ewan Robertson).
An elderly women demonstrates her support for Chavez. “We who love our country go with Chavez” states her t-shirt. (Alex Utrera).
Published on Oct 31st 2011 at 8.10pm