Thousands of revolutionary social movements marched in Caracas on Sunday in order to consolidate the formation of the Great Patriotic Pole (GPP) – a broad front which comprises all of the popular organisations and political parties that support the advance of the Bolivarian Revolution.
Activists waved flags and banners, either marching on foot or as passengers on trucks and motorbikes. Although the mood was jubilant, marchers recited chants warning imperialist countries not to meddle in Venezuelan internal affairs, and informing the Venezuelan opposition that “whoever has the people will win the fight”, referring to next year’s presidential elections.
The marchers came from a diverse range of movements, from musical organisations to barrio collectives, and reported that they had decided to take to the streets in response to Chavez’s call to launch the 7th of October Mission, a plan which aims to see the head of state re-elected with 10 million votes next year.
“We are going to fight to get the 10 million votes, to give the counterrevolution a slug in the mouth,” said one of the militants from Zulia state.
The national march was convened following a four week period of registration for the GPP which began early in October. According to the Pole, over 32,000 organisations have registered with the front, which should function as a platform to combat bureaucracy and establish a collective leadership within the Bolivarian process.