Political expert challenges revolutionaries to defend Venezuela’s achievements
By Staff Reporter
A Latin American political analyst has called on the world’s revolutionaries to unite and protect the revolutionary achievements in Venezuela.
The analyst said the imperialist’s offensive in Venezuela should be contained by learning from the mistakes made during the progressive period in order to avoid a 50 years retrogression of the process.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with News Day Zambia recently, Latin American political analyst, Carlos Angelo says the problems in Venezuela and aggression of the imperialists stem from the Bolivarian Revolution which was aimed at fullfilling the imagination of the nation’s working class in 1998.
He outlines that the economic malaise that Venezuela is currently experiencing is not natural but orchestrated by the imperialist’s forces led by the United States of America (U.S.A) in order to exploit the country’s oil reserves, demean and undermine the communist Bolivarian Revolution.
“The situation in Venezuela is characterized by the permanent and intensifying imperial aggression against the country’s revolution. We must keep in mind that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world,” he stated, whilst adding that, “the U.S and the regional right wing allies, like the government of Colombia and Peru constantly conspire to destabilize the Venezuelan government through all forms of welfare. Though, economic welfare is the principle tactic now, primarily to create scarcity of basic goods and medicine, leading to hyperinflation of these goods”.
He says the Venezuelan revolution which was spearheaded by left wing strong man, 44 year old Hugo Chavez, saw the 14-year old “Bolivarian Revolution oversee vast infrastructure spending and the use of oil wealth (after a long bitter struggle) on health care and literacy programs for the poor, pointing out that the country’s oil wealth also increased dramatically under his tenure.
Angelo outlines that the imperialist’s governments of the U.S.A and its allies did not like the idea of Chavez transferring the oil proceeds to the local poor Venezuelans and aligning his government with strong South American Communist regimes like Cuba, because this meant the former could not exploit the oil reserves.
“The very first relationship Venezuela established was with Cuba in 1994 when Chavez was first released from prison. Fidel Castrol called him to Havana. There they met for long hours and discussed plans for creating a new revolutionary movement in Latin America. Venezuela and Cuba begun to create a new architecture for the emancipation of Latin America” he explains.
The political analyst explains that the revolution in Venezuela has been fortunate to resist over the years, largely because of strategic alliances with Russia, China and Iran which have had bilateral agreements, loans, military support and purchase of the country’s oil.
“Since many countries the U.S.A imperialism considers enemies depend on the sales of petroleum, the US decided to collude with Saudi Arabia (which has huge reserves) to offload excessive oil supply to bring down the prices through market saturation.” he says.
Angelo says in the height of the Bolivarian revolution oil prices reached $140 per barrel then drastically fell to $37 per barrel to magnify the status quo after the imperialist’s manipulation.
“The strategic task is to help create a new revolutionary moment in Latin America and contain the imperialist’s offensive. This begins by learning from the mistakes made during the progressive period. Developing an understanding of how the Right and Imperialists were able to gain advantage over the left and change the correlation forces to their advantage. One strategic necessity is the unconditional defense of the Venezuelan revolution because if it were to fail then the Latin American revolutionary project will be set back for 50 years” he says.
The Venezuelan government lost grip after the death of their “strong man” Hugo Chavez in 2013. Chavez was succeeded by Nicholas Maduro but the Western imperialists began to slowly destabilize the country.
According to Western Media reports released this December 2018, the economy in Venezuela remains trapped in hyper inflationary-recessionary environment with economic activity plunging nearly 30.0% this year.
Meanwhile, the third Pan Africanism Conference which was held in Ghana in August 2018 had African revolutionaries resolve to attend the Venezuela conference in Caracus in February 2019, as a mark of solidarity to their Latin America comrades.
The resolutions spells out that the problem of Latin America is Africa’s problem because the continent is equally facing imperialism and neo-liberalism challenges imposed by the Western forces.