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Venezuelans Protest Privatisation of Social Housing as Parliament Approves in First Discussion

The march set out from Plaza Morelo in Bellas Artes and headed for the city centre (Jonas Holldack, Venezuelanalysis).

Venezuelan housing rights groups took to the streets of Caracas on Thursday to reject the political opposition’s plans to privatise social housing. Parliament also approved the proposed privatisation law in first discussion. 

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Urban Agriculture Minister Vacates Post after Just Two Weeks

Emma Ortega was a well respected campesina activist and agronomist (AVN)

Grassroots Chavistas have taken to social media to express their discontent after the Urban Agriculture Minister, Emma Ortega, inexplicably left her cabinet position just two weeks after having been nominated by Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro. 

 

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Venezuela's Maduro Launches Sexual Diversity Council

Activist groups argued sexual diversity rights should be a key priority of Venezuela's socialists. (Prensa Presidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro inagurated a new Presidential Council of Sexual Diversity in order to advance the rights of LGBT people and promised to pass a law against discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

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Maduro Meets with Thousands in People’s Street Parliament, Calls for "Self-Critical Revolutionary Debate"

President Nicolas Maduro outside Miraflores palace. (Prensa Miraflores)

Thousands accompanied President Nicolas Maduro yesterday in a people's street parliament organized outside Miraflores palace in response the crushing defeat suffered by the socialist government in legislative elections Sunday.

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Venezuelan Social Movements Protest Israeli “Genocide” Outside UN HQ in Caracas

"In Gaza the houses always had their doors open, when the children sang, the people dreamed. Today, everything is different

Venezuelan social movements gathered outside the United Nations' headquarters in Caracas on Wednesday to protest an ongoing Israeli crackdown against Palestinians in the occupied territories, which has claimed the lives of at least 35 Palestinians since October 1.

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Social Movement Victory: Venezuela’s Maduro Derails Plan for New Carbon Mines

Ecologist Jorge Guerrero was one of the many activists to draw attention to the environmental disaster that would be caused by a

After months of grassroots organizing, a “correction” of the presidential Decree 1,606 was published in last week’s Official Gazette revoking plans for new coal mines and a carbon-electric plant in Venezuela’s western region, in acknowledgement of the damage it would cause for the ecosystem and indigenous communities in the region.

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Attacks on Venezuelan Commune and Farmland Reported, Crops Destroyed

Edison Diaz (center) accuses Barinas state governor Adan Chavez of ordering a raid to evict farmworkers and destroy their crops.

Over the past week, two different Venezuelan groups have stepped forward to denounce illegitimate raids conducted by National Guard officials (GNB) against peasants on disputed farmland in Barinas state, and on the agricultural commune El Maizal, respectively

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Hundreds Attend Caracas Forum on Kurdish Revolution in Rojava

On Tuesday, two hundred people attended an event held by the Kurdish Solidarity Committee-Venezuela in Caracas on the Kurdish liberation struggle in northern Syria.

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Venezuelan Social Movements Rally Against State Coal Mining Decree

Banner reads: The Wayuu of Socuy Oppose Coal Mining (Photo: Lucas Koerner)

Activists from diverse social movements gathered outside Venezuela's Ministry of Energy and Mining in Caracas this morning to demand the repeal of a controversial presidential decree authorizing coal mining in the country's northwestern Perija mountain range located in Zulia state.

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Venezuela Defends Human Rights Gains Before UNHRC Amid Rightwing NGO Attacks

The UN Human Rights Council has been accused of silencing the voices of Venezuelan non-government organisations which contradict

Venezuela testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Tuesday, defending the country’s advances in human rights under the Bolivarian Revolution amid allegations of abuse by opposition NGOs. 

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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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