This week, the Socialist Workers Front within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) began the formation of worker "patrols," or local units, to function together with the party's neighborhood based patrols. Also, the party announced that it will host the ‘First International Meeting of Leftist Parties' in early October.
Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega announced on Friday that
protesters who disturb "tranquility and public peace" would face criminal
charges, after a series of opposition protests turned violent. The protests are
aimed at destabilising the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,
With the highly anticipated summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) three days away, the debate over the U.S.'s increased presence on Colombian military bases continues. Venezuela vowed to defend its natural resources, Colombia accused Venezuela of expansionism, and Noam Chomsky analyzed the conflict during a visit to Caracas.
There were marches across Venezuela on
Saturday, both to support and protest the Education Law, which was passed on 14
August. Thousands marched and celebrated the new law in Caracas, while the opposition protest turned
violent after it deviated from its planned route.
Venezuela's National Assembly passed the Urban Land Law unanimously on Friday. The law significantly declares that "unused urban land is at the service of the public" and regulates the use of such land with the aim of combating the massive housing deficit in Venezuela.
The Venezuelan National Assembly
passed a controversial new Education Law shortly after midnight on Friday
morning, following a twelve hour marathon legislative session and a day of
heated street protests both for and against the law.
Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the party which supports President Hugo
Chavez and which currently has almost 7 million registered members, is
reorganising itself into smaller units called "patrols," in order to increase
participation and ideological formation, party leaders said.
In response to private
international and national media claims that Venezuela is discussing a media law
which denies freedom of expression and punishes journalists, National Assembly
members said that no such law proposal exists, only a discussion around how to
combat the "media dictatorship" and "media terrorism."
In 1998, Hugo Chávez was elected President of Venezuela. He spoke strongly and acted against savage neoliberalism in his electoral campaign and after taking power but socialism was not a part of his vocabulary or program for his first few years in office. Since late 2004, he has been increasingly calling for Socialism for the 21st Century in Venezuela, and speaking out against capitalism and imperialism.