[OPE-L:8610] Re: Venezuela: the way forward?

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Fri Mar 14 2003 - 08:00:39 EST

Re Rakesh's [8608]:

> More Mommer on Venezuela: 
> http://www.members.partisan.net/sds/sds00703.html

Mommer's claim that the PDVSA has become a "state within
a state"  is very consistent with the suggestion that there is dual
power in Venezuela.  

Re Mike L's [8606]:

Thanks for the sources from Marta. 

The creation and arming of workers' and peasants' councils
seems a logical next step, but that in itself would create an
alternative, independent power structure within the country.
So far the majority of the military has supported Chavez --
but this can not be depended upon.  But, would Chavez himself
feel threatened by the existence of independent, armed councils 
of communities of  the poor?

One difference, perhaps, to the situation in Chile in 1973 is that
the size of the social layers who are opposed to the government 
is greater in Venezuela.

In solidarity, Jerry

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