[Marxism] Venezuelan workers speak about reclaiming the streets

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sun May 11 20:11:33 MDT 2014

A familiar sea of red shirts, large banners and a revolutionary sing-along
soundtrack: at first glance this year’s march for the International Workers
Day on May 1 was business-as-usual in the Andean city of Merida.

The celebratory atmosphere was due in part to the announcement by
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on April 30 of a 30% rise in the
national minimum wage.

A closer look, however, revealed a higher turnout as determined local
activists reacted *en mass* to three months of blockades, violent attacks
and assassinations by right-wing anti-government groups, who are seen as
representing the interests of the city’s wealthy class.

full article: https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56425

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