The following is a statement on the current political crisis and U.S. backed coup underway in Venezuela produced by Solidaridad, a libertarian communist political organization in Chile.
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Venezuela is going through a profound crisis of which it is
impossible to exempt the responsibility of the leadership of Chavismo:
the failure in opening a path that allows the country to overcome the
dependence of oil, the inefficiency in implementing measures that better
the economic situation of the country, the bureaucracy that is drowning
the popular initiative and the cases of corruption that affect
officials who move key aspects of the economy. These are some of the
Nevertheless, this situation is within the framework of a
polarization and conflict of classes where the Venezuelan right-wing,
the loyal representative of the well-off sectors in the country in
conjunction with diverse administrations from the U.S. government, has
unfolded a destabilizing strategy intended to asphyxiate the Venezuelan
economy contributing to the deterioration to the living conditions of
millions of people. The objective of this effort is to undermine the
popular support that has mainly sustained the process of change in
Even worse, this right-wing, which presents itself as a democratic
alternative and which hides its despise for the working class behind a
false language that appeals to justice and respect to a constitution
they had once insulted, operates in a criminal manner sharpening the
levels of violence. Behind the figure of [self-proclaimed interim
President] Juan Guaidó and the Voluntad Popular or Popular Will party,
hiding behind the high-flown speeches amplified by the media has been an
insurrectionary strategy which unfolded with armed attacks on military
barracks,  destruction of health centers,  the burning of
warehouses with food destined to vulnerable,  among other multiple
actions of sabotage went on during these years. It came to the point
where social leaders were being killed by hired hitmen  and to the
burning alive of people simply for being Chavistas. 
From what’s mentioned above we’ve learned that if the right gains
power in Venezuela again, not only will it implement adjustment policies
that include privatization of public enterprises, massive indebtedness
with bodies like the IMF, and the opening of oil projects where private
companies assume as principal shareholders,  but it will also be a
government of revenge where the hate accumulated during these years will
unfold brutally against organized sectors of the people who dared to
dream of a country that would transition to non-capitalist ways of
The realization of a profound balance between Latin American
progressives and in particular from the Venezuelan experience,even with
all its contradictions and potential is a pending task for the left.
Suffice it to say that many of these experiences have given way to
political processes that directly harm the working class. Nevertheless,
and despite the legitimate differences that we openly express with those
who lead the Venezuelan process, the left and the people have to be
emphatic in rejecting this new coup attempt – the ominous interference
of the U.S and the other countries related to the destabilizing strategy
which includes the government of [Chilean President Sebastián] Piñera
and the political sectors who support its foreign policy all the way
from Chile. Along with this we must demand the governments who quickly
squared with the position of the United States to respect the rights of
the Venezuelan people to its own conflicts without the interference of
other states establishing as a minimum floor the non-recognition of the
diplomatic delegations won over by Guaído.
We manifest our solidarity with the people of Venezuela directly from our organization, especially with the fringes who even against the grain of the Chavista leadership and assuming all the contradictions of the change in process, protagonize [fight for] new experiences in building popular power that range from the takeovers of the land, the socialization of self-managed companies by its own workers or the government from below in rural and urban communities,  and obtaining spaces that prefigure the path of the people who fight against the ominous consequences of patriarchal capitalism we want to overcome.
Solidaridad, February 2019
 For an idea about the concrete experiences in building popular power in Venezuela we recommend you visit the following article written in 2016 written by two comrades of Solidaridad, “Political Situation in Venezuela: Crisis, Trends, and the Challenge of Class Independence.”
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