[Marxism] Luis Bilboa: Coup and Counter Coup in Venezuela

michael a. lebowitz mlebowit at sfu.ca
Wed Apr 17 00:23:28 MDT 2013

Coup and Counter Coup

“The coup has already been defeated” declared Nicolas Maduro mid-morning 
on Tuesday the 16^th . At that time there were seven people who were 
assassinated by fascist bands who were activated the night before in 
attacks at headquarters of PSUV (Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela), 
CDI health centers and houses recently turned over by the government to 
displaced families. Also at that point during the day, the call for a 
general strike did not materialize. The call was made by the Nazi high 
command led by the failed candidate on April 14^th .

The true relation of forces were expressed in the constant mobilization 
of millions and millions of people from the 9^th of December to the 
11^th of April, when Maduro closed the electoral campaign. At that 
point, 7 central avenues of Caracas were overflowing with men and women 
committed to the revolution. The true correlation of forces was not 
borne out correctly by the election results. It was a feat of the 
Revolution to have obtained 50.75% of the vote. But it is only from an 
electoral viewpoint (bourgeois or reformist) that interprets the reality 
based solely on votes cast. Votes cast are indications that have to be 
dealt with as a measure of the state of enthusiasm at any particular 
time, but it does not reveal the full dynamic of a Revolution.

Meeting with the Executive Board and the entire group of operation 
chiefs of the petroleum enterprise, Maduro repeated that he did not make 
a pact with the bourgeoisie: “Here what we have is a Socialist 
Revolution, Revolution, Revolution”, he affirmed amid a roar that echoed 
throughout the chamber, coming from outside, where spontaneously 
thousands of petroleum workers had come together. On the contrary, we 
can radicalize the Revolution and attack the causes of a lack of supply 
and all problems that are confronting our nation, commented Maduro 
before a thunderous standing ovation of the chiefs of the enterprise. 
All was transmitted by the national chain of radio and television.

Rafael Ramirez, president of PDVSA, gave an exhaustive report of the 
state of the enterprise, functioning to its fullest with the workers 
ready to reject any attack such as the ones that occurred last night, 
when fascist groups were rejected when they attempted to enter the 
installations of the enterprise.

Despite the escalating tension, the overall situation has been calm. 
Maduro engaged in his energetic official activity, taking advantage of 
each occasion to exemplify an attitude of firmness in confronting the 
blackmail of a coup. He announced that a national march prepared for the 
occasion “will not enter Caracas. We will not have another April 11^th 
.” He added that the opposition has entered a situation that it does not 
know how to get out of.There are three governors of the opposition who 
if they follow with the position adopted by the leadership of the ultra 
right, will find themselves confronting a direct response: “I do not 
recognize a governor who does not recognize me; I do not recognize a 
governor behind the coup. Instead of sending the money stipulated by the 
budget to him, instead, I will send it to the people.”

Maduro also denounced the government of the United States as the party 
responsible for the escalating tension behind the coup attempt. He 
anticipated that he will present the proof of direct interference by way 
of the local fascist leadership. Defeated once again, the imperialist 
conspiracy will continue. It is the task of every revolutionary man and 
woman in the world to contribute to the articulation of the most ample 
front in defense of the Socialist Bolivarian Revolution. Here we define 
the correlation of forces between the United States and the peoples and 
government that look towards liberation from oppression. The battle 
involves all of us.

Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6
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