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Venezuelan Committee for the Victims of the Barricades Rallies against Exclusion from OAS Forum

Yendry Velasquez (far left) lost her husband during last year’s barricades (VTV)

Victims of last year’s barricades and their family members have poured scorn on what they describe as a “premeditated” decision to exclude them from the OAS Summit of the America’s Forum on Civil Society and Social Actors.

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Venezuelan Revolutionary Guerilla Commander, Paúl de Ríos, Dies at 72

Legendary Venezuelan guerrilla fighter, Paúl del Río (right), has died aged 72 (Aporrea)

Venezuelans are currently paying tribute to the life and legacy of revolutionary guerrilla leader, artist and ex-political prisoner, Paúl del Río, alias Máximo Canales, who died this past Sunday at the age of 72.

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Venezuelan Social Movements Take to the Streets to Oppose U.S. Aggression

"A lot of balls and ovaries there are here to defend this land. Yankees of shit." An anti-imperialist refrain inspired

Venezuelan social movements converged in Plaza Venezuela in the center of the capital on Thursday to manifest their firm rejection of the latest round of U.S. sanctions.

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Venezuelans Mount 'Anti-Imperialist Peoples' Court' on Anniversary of Chavez Death

Venezuelans gather in Plaza Bolivar on March 5th, 2015. (AVN/Presidential Press)

Thousands of Venezuelans gathered in the Plaza Bolívar in the center of Caracas yesterday to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of late president Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías with an 'Anti-Imperialist Peoples' Court.'

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US Solidarity Organizations Plan National Day of Action for Venezuela on March 5th

Poster for the NYC march on Human Rights Watch, in defense of Venezuelan sovereignty. (design by yekoland@gmail.com)

As the two-year anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s death approaches, US-based solidarity organizations rally for a nation-wide Day of Action to celebrate the late socialist leader’s legacy and condemn US intervention in Venezuelan affairs.

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Opposition Students Divided as Anniversary of Guarimba Sees Fresh Wave of Violence in Caracas, San Cristobal

Gangs of guarimba protestors destroy cars in Chacao on Thursday. (Credito: Agencias / Aporrea.org)

On February 12th, the anniversary of the start of violent anti-government protests in 2014, opposition student leaders from major universities throughout the country gathered in the Aula Magna theater of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) on Thursday to commemorate the national “Youth Day" as well as unveil their “plan of struggle for 2015."

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Thousands March in Caracas to Commemorate Fall of Dictator

(Lucas Koerner - Venezuelanalysis)
 
On Friday, thousands took to the streets of the Venezuelan capital to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the toppling of the Pérez Jiménez dictatorship as well as to voice their support for the government of President Nicolás Maduro in the face of economic war and political destabilization. 

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Social Movements Demand ¨Maximum Sentence¨ for Indigenous Leader´s Murderer as Trial Continues

(Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

Movements gathered in Caracas on Monday to demand a 30 year sentence for Sabino Romero´s murderer. They also denounced a lack of media coverage of the case, as well as the increasing presence of Colombian paramilitaries and drugs traffickers on Yukpa territory.

 

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Venezuela Commemorates Uprising with March against Economic War

A supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds up a picture of late president Hugo Chavez (PHOTO: Reuters)

Venezuelan leftists and government supporters will march in Caracas this Jan. 23, a symbolic date for Venezuelan democracy, a municipal mayor of the city has announced.

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Maduro Defends Venezuelan Commune’s Land Rights in Face of Supreme Court Mandate

A young boy holds up corn in the fields of El Maizal communes. Five hundred hectares of corn are harvested collectively, while 5

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday his staunch support of the agricultural commune El Maizal after their communal property title was revoked by a Supreme Court judge earlier that week.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Demands Action from Developed Countries at UN Climate Talks

While the general agreed upon “danger point” would be a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius, many members

VA.com’s Cory Fischer Hoffman writes a special report from the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru, describing the reactions of the Venezuelan government and social movements to the attempt to reach a consensus over how to address global warming.

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Land Rights Activist Arrested in Venezuela, Protestors Claim Oligarchical Influence in Judicial System

Protestors call for David Diaz's release. (Comunidad Socialista Guerrera Ana Soto)

Venezuelan communards and activists marched yesterday to demand the release of David Diaz, a leading member of an urban community project in Barqisimeto, Lara state. Diaz was arrested on 3 December and ultimately charged with “invading” private property, an accusation that his comrades feels is suspect.

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Action Demanded over 178 Peasant Killings in Venezuela’s Land Struggle

In a press conference held in Caracas on Wednesday by the Association of Relatives of Assassination Victims (Asofavisi) and the

Rural groups are demanding that justice be done in the cases of 178 peasant assassinations in the struggle over land ownership in Venezuela, and that humanitarian assistance be extended to victims’ families.

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Venezuela Hosts International Gathering Ahead of UN Climate Change Summit

Representatives of civil society meet with government ministers to discuss climate change policy at the second social PreCOP mee

Over 80 social movement organizations from around the world have converged on Margarita Island, Venezuela to discuss and debate climate change policy.

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Abrupt Replacement of Minister Rodriguez Torres Raises Questions in Venezuela

Former interior justice minister, Miguel Rodriguez Torres. (Ultimas Noticias)

On Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced that Interior Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres would be replaced in his post by chief admiral and former defense minister Carmen Melendez. Many Venezuelans believe the decision was an attempt to mend the rift with revolutionary grassroots collectives, who hold the former minister accountable for the deadly shooting of five armed collective members earlier this month.

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