Venezuela: For Independent Working Class Mobilizations against the Semi-Fascist Provocateurs!

No political support for the Maduro government! For a new workers’ party based on a revolutionary program!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency(RCIT), 20.2.2014,


1.            In Venezuela, the right-wing extremist sector of the bourgeois opposition centered around Maria Machado, Antonio Ledezma, and Leopoldo Lopez has started a wave of provocations. Right-wing middle-class university students are attacking government buildings and blockading roads. Their goal is to destabilize the government and gain hegemony in the ranks of the opposition. Until now, the opposition has been led by the more moderate bourgeois presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski. Undoubtedly, in one way or another, US imperialism is involved in these provocations. As a result of the riots fomented by these semi-fascist provocateurs, a number of people have been shot and wounded. The main tactic of the Maduro government is to send the police against the provocateurs in order to quell the riots.

2.            In this situation, the main task of the workers vanguard is to mobilize the working class to defeat the semi-fascist provocateurs. To do so, revolutionaries must apply the united front tactic to the mass organizations in Venezuela which represent the working class and poor – including those led by the Bolivarian forces. Even if, currently, the reactionary extremists are not strong enough to organize a coup d’état, they must not be allowed to gain any confidence and become stronger. The working class must organize a general strike, form its own independent popular militias, and smash the semi-fascist scum.

3.            The working class must not rely on the Maduro government whose true character is not socialist but bourgeois-populist. While the Bolivarian government continues to enjoy support from among sectors of the working class and the urban poor precisely because of its populist policies, in reality this government defends the system of capitalist exploitation, and so its core bastion of support is the army, sectors of the state bureaucracy, and the “Bolivarian bourgeoisie.” Let us not forget that, between 1998 and 2008, the private sector’s share of the economy grew at the expense of the public sector from 64.7% to 70.9%. Let us also not forget that nearly 70% of public sector workers are reported to earn only the minimum wage. Furthermore, workers in the informal sector of the economy constitute approximately one half of the country’s entire workforce.

4.            Consequently, the working class must not place any confidence in the Maduro government. True, the most dangerous enemy at this moment in time is the force of semi-fascist provocateurs led by Machado, Ledezma, and Lopez. Nevertheless, the workers’ vanguard and the socialist organizations in Venezuela must not be tempted to lend political support to this government which so assiduously defends capitalism and its bourgeois masters, but instead fight to win over the working class to an independent, class-based perspective. In short, for Venezuela’s workers and oppressed, Bolivarianism is nothing but a bourgeois trap.

5.            Most importantly, the workers’ vanguard must take the initiative to build an independent workers’ party based on a revolutionary program. Such a party will prove vital in forging true working class solidarity and power, and will draw together class-conscious workers, including many who still may harbor illusions about the nature and role of the Bolivarian PSUV. Inside an independent workers’ party, revolutionaries will fight for a program of socialist revolution thereby focusing the struggle on the true goal: establishment of a workers’ government based on workers’ and popular councils and armed militias, which will expropriate the bourgeoisie, smash its state, and open the road to socialism.


International Secretariat of the RCIT