Chavistas Demand Maduro Not Abandon the Socialist Path

Victoria Korn

In Venezuela, the need arises to discuss in depth the great issues of the revolution, beyond the opinions of fractions: it is a matter of retaking the socialist course traced by Hugo Chávez, before a government harassed by external aggressions and sanctions that has no clear political or economic policies to get out of the serious crisis.

An interesting controversy took place within Chavismo, as a result of the denunciation by former minister Elías Jaua of the privatization of the state-owned company Arroz del Alba and the imprisonment of the community members who opposed privatization. The ideological struggle emerges on networks: the labels #PrivatizeTraicionarEsTraicionar and #LibertadParaLosComuneros were at the top of the twitter trends, signaling the need to discuss issues that the government insists on ignoring.

To defuse the debate, the national government presented its scheme of alliances with the private sector, and in response to the peasant movement, the President confirmed that they will not change their privatization policy. Nor was there any explanation for the disappearance of PDVAL and the delivery to private individuals of its premises that are now private businesses (CLAP stores), or about Mercal, Abastos Bicentenario.

One of the greatest exponents of this policy, Minister Castro Soteldo, pointed out that “that national bourgeoisie is called upon to assume the historical role, not of a winner with narrow vision (…) but as an element of the transforming, productive, unifying society that elevates the stages of life of our society to other levels, together with the government, together with the people. There is a magic formula.”

People remember that a month ago President Nicolás Maduro announced the total change of the cabinet and to date only three of the 26 ministers have been relieved and replaced.

The jurist Hermann Escarrá, in the Commission of Communes and Social Movements of the National Constituent Assembly, warned that “it would be extremely serious to finish this constituent process without communes, it would be a violation of national sovereignty” and pointed out that the Communes, a question of structural order for the nation, must transverse the entire constitutional text.

He said that the stage of the Social Rule of Law (an evolution of the liberal state), established 20 years ago, must end to transition to the Socialist State, which includes solidarity, common good, mutual aid.

Meanwhile, a document signed by “the Venezuelan working class”, and broadcast on the web, urges the constitutional president, Nicolás Maduro Moros, to return to the path of Bolivarian Socialism bequeathed by Hugo Chávez before May 1, and it proposes various measures to be taken immediately, adding, “take the wheel or get off the bus”.

Although the document is not signed, it was released on behalf of oil, petrochemical, gas, mining, professional unions, professional associations, movements of professionals and technicians, movements of peasants, fishermen, artisans, productive communes and other driving forces of the Venezuelan labor force that since 1992 accompanied the revolutionary process led by Hugo Chávez Frías, summarizes the current situation and proposes actions.

It warns the government that, economically, there is no clear course or plan to get out of the hyperinflation that plagues the people, and politically, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has become a great white elephant, useless for everything except as an electoral machine, far from being the platform of political assistance connected to the people that President Hugo Chávez dreamed of.

They also point out that in the social sphere, the Community and Communal Councils have been left out, with no institutional accompaniment, no direction, no actual incorporation into the State, and that in the labour sphere, all collective agreements and contracts have been disrespected, in addition to the violation of the Organic Labour Law and the Bolivarian Constitution.

They add that all the rights and demands of the workers have been curtailed, handing over the “strategic” mineral resources (oil, gold, coltan, coal) to capitalist companies that, in order to increase productivity, have reinstated all the perversions that Chávez eradicated: privatization, outsourcing, exploitation and corruption.

Culturally, the document indicates, we live the greatest loss of values and conscience; the public institutions that provide services charge commissions in dollars for doing their work; and private companies abuse a humiliated people without anyone to defend them, while the security forces today are agencies for the custody and protection of merchants, and extortionists by trade, leaving aside their official functions.

The letter indicates that the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) is today in command of the country, and states that the military has taken refuge in the ideal of civil-military union outlined by Commander Chávez to seize all spaces, especially economic spaces, under the threat of a latent coup d’état.

The Demand for Maduro

Among the demands to the president is the immediate dismissal of all current ministers, regardless of the possibility of malicious attacks, including heads of public institutions and organizations, with emphasis on the portfolios of Oil, Water, Municipalities, Industries and Production, Planning, Finance, Health, Education, and Commerce.

They also demand immediate action against the institutional crisis, driving these organizations to fight alongside the people on a daily basis against the scourges that break the morale of Venezuelans: speculation, corruption, dollarization, hoarding, hyperinflation, anarchy and lack of authority.

The signatories ask for a real shake-up in the institutions of fifth columns and saboteurs in managerial and key positions as well as in the PSUV, of opportunists and leaders who only appear in elections.

They also demand that Maduro uphold the Constitution and the Plan of the Nation, placing himself on the side of the worker, not the employer, the people, not the oligarchy, much less the new Bolivarian bourgeoisie, and they warn that “if he does not listen to us, he will become yet another enemy of the revolution and traitor to the legacy of Comandante Chávez”.

Venezuelans, including the Chavistas, are concerned about the government’s non-compliance. For example, Maduro’s commitment to sign and comply with collective agreements and to update the delayed salary tables of the public administration, which has not happened.

The social networks report complaints: that the state of Lara is without gasoline because it continues to be smuggled into Colombia; that the retired workers of PDVSA are indignant because the Retirement Fund remains inactive.

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