On December 10, mayoral elections were held in Venezuela’s 335 municipalities, marking the third set of successfully held elections in less than five months. Elections were held in July for the National Constituent Assembly and in October for state governors. On all three occasions the people demonstrated their support for the Bolivarian Revolution and rejection of the imperialist destabilization campaign to turn them against the Bolivarian Revolution and its leadership, using violence, economic warfare, lies and the threat of military invasion.
In the December 10 elections, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), supported by its allies in the Great Patriotic Pole, won 308 of the 335 mayors’ positions — the largest majority in its history– and received 70 per cent of the total votes cast. It also won the governorship of Zulia State by a large margin in an election made necessary when the governor-elect from the October election refused to be sworn in by the Constituent Assembly or to recognize its authority.
The three main foreign-inspired and financed opposition parties boycotted this election and called for voter abstention following the resounding defeat they suffered in the October 15 election for state governors. In that election in which they encouraged their supporters to vote, they lost key strongholds to the PSUV and its allies who ended up winning in 18 of 23 states. In spite of the hopes these major players in the fractured and increasingly dysfunctional opposition MUD coalition placed in their call for a boycott, over 9.3 million Venezuelans voted, translating to a participation rate of 47.2 per cent. While this was lower by close to 11 percentage points than participation in the 2013 municipal elections and close to 14 per cent lower than in the October regional election, the outcome was if anything a pyhrric victory for these forces and their foreign mentors. Their disingenuous “strategy” ended up costing them key urban centres and the state of Zulia and its capital, Maracaibo, centre of the country’s oil industry, which they previously controlled.
Meanwhile the majority of politically active eligible voters showed they stand with the Bolivarian government. Among those who spurned the boycott and fielded candidates were 17 national political parties, including some that are or were members of the MUD, and 55 regional organizations. Together, they received a total of 2,749,778 votes nation-wide and won 25 municipalities.
By turning out in large numbers to participate in the three recent elections and electing members of the PSUV to represent them the Venezuelan people have given their No to the forces attempting to overturn the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution and hand Venezuela back to the racist oligarchy which dominated it in the past. Despite this slap in the face, the U.S., Canada and others who have illegitimately given themselves the right to interfere in the affairs of the Venezuelan people and trample their sovereignty have still not resigned themselves to accepting failure.
Instead, these U.S-led forces continue operating on a number of different tracks to achieve their aim of putting Venezuela and its vast resources once again at the disposal of imperialism.
Some of them repeat the fiction that Venezuela is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis for which the solution is one or another type of imperialist “humanitarian intervention.” Others are engaged in attempting to gain credibility for setting up a “parallel government” beginning with a so-called Supreme Court in Exile operating out of the offices of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC. Its “judges,” appointed by the opposition-controlled National Assembly that continues operating in contempt of the actual Supreme Court, have been assigned the job of having officials of the Venezuelan government indicted for crimes against humanity before the imperialist International Criminal Court at the Hague. Meanwhile, others are calling openly for foreign military intervention to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro and crush the people’s forces.
None of this dirty work has stopped patriotic and democratic-minded Venezuelans from supporting their Bolivarian Revolution and organizing to defend it. On the contrary, it has inspired many to rise in defence of the gains it has brought and to continue the nation-building project begun by Hugo Chávez and continued today under the leadership of President Maduro.
TML Weekly congratulates the peoples’ forces in Venezuela as well as elsewhere doing battle with the forces of the old that are desperately trying to prevent them from taking their destiny in their own hands. As they work to build their unity in action and work out tactics to defend their projects they are sure to meet with new victories.
Source: TML Weekly. Photos: AVN