Long live the legacy of the founder of the Bolivarian Revolution | MARGARET VILLAMIZAR
March 5 marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías, historic leader of the Bolivarian Revolution and President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 1999 until his untimely death on March 5, 2013.
The name and legacy of Hugo Chávez are indelibly marked by his work for the well-being of the Venezuelan people and defence of their national sovereignty, the struggle for the independence of Venezuela and all of Latin America and the Caribbean from imperialist tutelage and plunder, and for peace on the world scale as well as in his own region.
In his 14 years as President and before, Hugo Chávez took up the defence of the people’s interests at home and abroad. His life and work were an outstanding contribution to the aspirations of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean and all those around the world fighting to build the new. Under his leadership Venezuela began its world renowned Bolivarian Missions to address the basic needs of the population through programs that provide free access to services in areas such as health, nutrition, education, housing and job training as well as fostering their ability to participate in cultural and political affairs.
Hugo Chávez played a leading role in the launch of important regional integration initiatives aimed at assisting the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to engage in mutually beneficial relations while curtailing the ability of the U.S. to pit them against one another to facilitate its dominance over the region. These included the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) – People’s Trade Agreement, initiated with Cuba in 2004; Petrocaribe, a development project through which a host of Caribbean and Central American countries are able to purchase oil from Venezuela on preferential payment terms while investing in programs aimed at bettering the lives of their people; the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as expressions of the peoples’ desire for regional solidarity and national sovereignty free from outside interference by U.S. imperialism and its junior partner Canada, who use their membership in the Organization of American States (OAS) for this purpose.
The stands of President Chávez and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in defence of sovereignty and independence and against imperialist war were also great contributions to the movement for peace and against war internationally.
At a time when NATO states and others under U.S. domination, including Canada, were using the platform of the United Nations to violate its Charter and founding principles by passing resolutions condoning the bombing and invasion of sovereign countries and calling for the removal of their governments by force, all in the name of high ideals like “human rights”, “democracy” and “the responsibility to protect civilians”, Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela never joined this treachery. They could be counted on to denounce it for what it was. For this, President Chávez was respected by peace-loving people the world over.
These are all achievements which only a historic personality could possibly accomplish.
Chávez knew the Venezuelan people would face a difficult battle after he was gone and called on them to remain vigilant and to “fight, fight, fight imperialism.” Today this is what they are doing with might and mane as the forces of the old, desperate to reverse the course of history, are going all out under the baton of U.S. imperialism to destroy their nation-building project.
On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the tragic loss of Comandante Hugo Chávez, CPC(M-L) reiterates its pledge to honour his memory by making every effort to ensure the achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution are defended in Canada, and that the dirty work Canada is carrying out as part of the U.S. imperialist project for regime change in Venezuela to disempower the people and rob them of their achievements meets with active opposition in Canada and Quebec.
Long Live the Legacy of Hugo Chávez!
Support the Right of the Venezuelan People to Defend Their Nation-Building Project!
U.S. and Canada, Hands off Venezuela!