The ‘ironclad unity of the Bolivarian gov’t’
By Cheryl LaBash
January 9, 2013
On Jan. 3, as part of its regular condition updates of President Hugo
Chávez following his Dec. 11 surgery, the government of the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela alerted “the Venezuelan public of a campaign of
psychological warfare unleashed by the international media regarding the health
of the head of state,” as the Jan. 10 date anticipated for the oath of
office for his new six-year presidential term nears.
“This campaign aims ultimately to destabilize the Bolivarian Republic
of Venezuela, ignore the popular will expressed in the presidential elections
last October 7, and end the Bolivarian Revolution led by Chávez. These
aims clash with the ironclad unity of the Bolivarian Government, the organized
people and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces with the leadership and
political ideals of Commander Hugo Chávez,” the statement
“The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is complying
with its duty to inform the Venezuelan public and our sister nations about the
clinical progress of President Hugo Chávez.
“Following a delicate surgery on December 11, Commander Chávez
has faced complications as a result of a severe respiratory infection.
“This infection has led to respiratory deficiency that requires
Commander Chávez to remain in strict compliance with his medical
“The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates its
confidence in the medical team that is attending to the commander and that has
permanently monitored his clinical evolution and acted with the most absolute
rigorousness in the face of each one of the difficulties presented.”
The Venezuelan National Assembly opened Jan. 5, electing incumbent Diosdado
Cabello to lead the assembly as thousands of Chávez supporters
demonstrated for their beloved but seriously ill president. Cabello is first
vice-president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, which expanded its
electoral domination, winning 20 of 23 provincial elections. Together with
Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro, the PSUV is
well positioned to weather any hurdles that may appear in the days to come.
Since Chávez won the election in 1998, the Bolivarian revolution
improvements for the people have been amazing. Illiteracy was eradicated.
Undocumented people — including those born in Venezuela — were
counted and provided with papers. A 2002 coup attempt and kidnapping of the
president was reversed by the Venezuelan masses. The rights of women,
Afro-descendents, Indigenous and lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are
The new labor law, in part, reduced the workweek, ended discrimination in
the workplace, expanded retirement pensions as a right, including informal
sector workers, and put the responsibility on the bosses to prove that a worker
should be fired before a dismissal.
But the growth and benefits extend beyond the national borders.
Initiated in response to the imperialist “free trade”
agreements, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA)
coordinates international development among member states and others in the
region based on solidarity, without relying on the international capitalist
Begun with Cuba and Venezuela, ALBA now includes Ecuador, Bolivia,
Nicaragua, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda. ALBA
initiated the Bank of the South — a development bank for the region and a
currency that frees trade from the imperialist dollar economy.
Eighteen countries are in PetroCaribe, “the first energy agreement of
a solidarity nature, with a purpose of social development and justice …
created to supply Venezuelan oil at fair prices and easy payment.”
It includes development of renewable energy alternatives. These initiatives,
which are hallmarks of the Chávez-led Bolivarian revolution in alliance
with Cuba, continue to produce tangible benefits for literally millions of
people in Latin America and the Caribbean in the relatively short time since
It is no wonder that the capitalist press is attempting to sow confusion in
these uncertain weeks instead of sending heartfelt solidarity for the recovery
of President Chávez and continuation of the unity, solidarity and
independent development underway, countering the global austerity drive.
The International Action Center joins with the PSUV and Venezuelan people when they say,
“Toward victory forever. Long live Chávez!”