Category: Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV)
Open letter by the Communist Party of Venezuela: Defeat the Coup Against the Bolivarian Republic

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Open letter by the Communist Party of Venezuela: Defeat the Coup Against the Bolivarian Republic

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/open-letter-by-communist-party-of.html

An open letter to the people, from the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV).
 
To our compatriot Nicolas Maduro, President of the Republic; to the working class and working people of the city and countryside; to the patriotic officers, classes, and soldiers of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces; to the national leadership and militancy of the political parties and popular organisations of the Great Patriotic Pole, including the United Socialist Party.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela finds itself threatened yet again by acts of political violence from sectors of the extreme right as part of the execution of a destabilising plan elaborated by North American imperialism.
This plan has as its objective the imposition through force and blackmail of a government which would work to maintain US hegemony throughout the continent, taking apart the processes of national liberation which begun across Latin America at the start of this century, and turning back progressive advances which have allowed the working class and the people in general to establish rights and social advances which were historically denied them by governments which responded absolutely to the interests of the bourgeoisie, which in itself acted as a subordinate to North American imperialism.
On this occasion the aggressive escalation against our people by those actors of the oligarchy and extreme right is much greater.
Apart from the anti-popular violent acts resulting in the creation of shortages and the high cost of living, terrorist acts have been seen in various cities across the country in recent weeks.
These acts have been accompanied by a national and international propaganda war which looks to sew confusion and instigate confrontation between nations, creating a state of chaos and violence which only favours a bloody resolution of the political crisis, be it through a coup or a direct intervention by North American imperialism and the international institutions at its beck and call.
The Venezuelan extreme right, following instructions from US imperialism and with its direct financing, does not control itself in its crimes of violence and provocation.
With such objectives in mind, the pro-US right are pressuring military officers with diverse forces of blackmail and manipulation.
We call on the patriotic soldiers and officers to not cede to these unpatriotic terrorists and to take up the cause of the defence of our national sovereignty and our independence and the security of our people without hesitation and with complete commitment.
For us, the Venezuelan communists, it is clear that what is happening is the sharpening of the class struggle in its political form — the heightening of the struggle for power. The forces which represent the interests of European and North American great monopoly capital are attempting to take over control of Venezuela and all Latin America by defeating and vanquishing the social and political sectors which offer resistance to such objectives.
In light of the dangerous terrorist escalation, which is putting our national sovereignty, independence, and the gains of the working people at risk, we call for a unified, forceful, and coherent response. It is necessary to mobilise without delay the widest possible anti-imperialist alliance to defeat the anti-democratic terrorist plans.
We urgently need the central government, the parties of the Great Patriotic Pole, the forces of the popular and working-class movement, and the patriotic command of the armed forces to work together.
It is necessary to develop a popular and patriotic plan to defeat the pro-imperialist and terrorist extreme right. To not do so would be to act with irresponsibility and, in reality, to hand oneself over without a fight.
The true revolutionaries do not hand ourselves over, we fight united until we succeed.
The Venezuelan working class needs that the sectors of the petit-bourgeoisie which currently hold hegemonic power in the national executive, the other powers of state and parties of government, immediately abandon all sectarian and selfish conduct which has only weakened the Bolivarian process and effectively works in favour of the enemies’ plans.
The Communist Party of Venezuela has insisted for many years for the need for a collective and unified national leadership of this Bolivarian process of changes, but the petit-bourgeoisie groupings which have exercised hegemonic control over the government have not paid attention to these calls and proposals.
Hence, in the current context we insist on unity of action of all the political and social forces willing to defend the nation against the imperialist enemy and their puppets.
However also, in the context of a wavering and inconsequent petit-bourgeoisie in power, we call upon the most conscientious and combative sectors of the popular and workers’ movements, the peasantry, the middle strata, the revolutionary intellectuals and the patriotic officers to forge a block of forces which will lead the wide patriotic and anti-imperialist alliance so as to halt the seditious plans of the pro-US right and also so as to displace the reformist-appeasement sectors which, from positions of government, tend to favour the sectors of the big bourgeoisie and form pacts with social democratic elements of the right wing.
Only an ample, popular unity, led by the organised and conscientious working class can guarantee the defence of the Bolivarian nation and the deepening of the revolutionary changes towards the real construction of socialism on scientific and committed foundations.
Peace is won by defeating fascism.
Venezuela: ¡No a la ilegalización del PCV! Solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela

Friday, April 14, 2017

Venezuela: ¡No a la ilegalización del PCV! Solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/04/venezuela-no-la-ilegalizacion-del-pcv.html
Comrades,
COMMUNIST AND WORKERS PARTIES OF THE WORLD
Dear comrades,

Receive classist and revolutionary greetings from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), as we call on your attention to offer you an explanation on the threat of illegalization that currently weighs on our Party for the fourth time during our 86 years of struggles.

For more than a year, both publicly and in private meetings, PCV has stated repeatedly that it will not submit itself to the stipulations set forth by the Rules for the Renewal of Enrollment Lists of Members of Organizations for National Political Purposes. These new Rules, issued on March 4th, 2016, by the National Elections Council (CNE for its Spanish initials), contain some terms and conditions which had never been applied before, which are unacceptable to the dignity and safety of a revolutionary organization and its members, and which overstep the current legal framework.

According to the new procedures established by these Rules, it is now mandatory that the membership of all parties must register directly with CNE, distorting the legally and historically established relationship between the electoral authorities and the political parties, and between these and their respective members. This not only goes against the Statutes and organic principles of PCV as a party of cadres, but also creates a situation potentially dangerous to the internal life of our organization, since if tens, hundreds or thousands of people who are not really members of our Party, get registered as such by CNE, then these may claim the right to participate in internal decisions and debates, including the election of our leadership and candidates.

Also, the Rules provide for open and public access, through the CNE website, to the personal data of those who register as members of each party, which violates the right of citizens to maintain privacy about their political choices, and weakens the principle of secret vote. This, in turn, puts at risk the personal security and employment stability of Communists and other left-leaning militants, since neo-fascists and public and private employers will be able to access this information and use it to identify and attack revolutionaries. Moreover, the new Rules issued in 2016, compared to the old ones of 2011, not only reduced from six months to 14 hours the period for registration of enrollment lists, but also established equal procedures and requirements for the parties that did not take part in the previous two elections and those, like ours, that did participate.
After the publication of these Rules, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of PCV sent on June 10th, 2016, a letter to CNE explaining our objections and proposing amendments, but the electoral authorities never replied, thus disregarding their constitutional duty to provide «a timely and adequate response» to any proper request by the citizenry (Article 51 of the National Constitution); this also demonstrates the lack of political will that has prevailed within CNE to seek a solution to this situation.
For more than fourteen months, there have been several bilateral meetings and exchanges with senior Government officials, as well as broader meetings between representatives of the different parties that make up the «Simón Bolívar» Great Patriotic Pole and drive the Bolivarian process, including leaders of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). In all of those opportunities, PCV has expressed our objections to the Rules issued by CNE, objections which were shared by the majority of the parties therein. However, while some national leaders of PSUV have expressed their «concern» about this matter, others have publicly stated that the «renewal» process is legal and should be carried out by CNE as established; therefore, the official position of the party in Government still remains unclear.
Earlier this year, it became evident that CNE was getting ready to enforce the process of «renewal» under these opprobrious Rules, shielding itself behind the Law on Political Parties, Public Meetings and Demonstrations, which dates back to 1965 when it was enacted during the most repressive moment of the «Puntofijista» regime as part of its efforts to police and control leftist parties. This Law, despite an amendment in 2010, still maintains its repressive contents and nature, and thus clashes with the principles and postulates of the National Constitution of 1999, especially with regards to the promotion of people’s participation, activism and control over public administration.
Therefore, on February 16th, 2017, PCV filed at the Constitutional Court of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ for its Spanish initials) an appeal for the annulment of Article 25 of the Law on Political Parties, which establishes the requirement of «renewal» of political parties, on the grounds that such a requirement is unconstitutional. At the same time, our Party also requested precautionary measures to suspend the process of «renewal», which nevertheless was started by CNE on March 4th.
Almost two months have elapsed since PCV filed the appeal in the TSJ, and more than a month since CNE started the process of «renewal», and still the Constitutional Court has not made any decision neither on our request of precautionary measures nor on the merits of our appeal. This is a violation of the constitutional principle that establishes the right «to obtain promptly the relevant decision» from the courts (Article 26 of the National Constitution).
According to the schedule announced by CNE for the «renewal» process, PCV is due on May 20th and 21st; PCV will not participate and will not recognize as its members any people who may register as such during those days. Between July 9th and 19th, the final report on the results of the process will be announced; CNE has already asserted that any party that is not «renewed» by then will be «canceled» (such is the wording in the Law), and therefore will lose its legal status and entity, with all the implications that this entails.
This would outlaw the main, oldest and most persistent instrument for the struggle of the Venezuelan working class and people against imperialist domination and capitalist exploitation. Such a threat takes place in the midst of a severe crisis of the extractionist and dependent capitalist model of our country; an increase in the interventionist policies of imperialism against the moral reference that the Bolivarian process still represents; and a sharpening of class contradictions and of the struggle for power between the pro-imperialist right-wing bloc and the forces that support the Government, and even within each of these blocs.
In this context, the Central Committee of PCV proposes to the Communist, Workers and Revolutionary Parties of the World that they consider the possibility of participating in the campaign «No to the illegalization of PCV!», thus expressing the opinion of the international Communist and anti-imperialist movement in support of PCV and for the protection of the rights and constitutional guarantees of our Party. We suggest that this opportunity be used also for the denunciation of imperialist interference against the sovereignty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.
Thanks in advance for the support and internationalist solidarity you may offer us.
With Communist greetings, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV):
Oscar Figuera G.
General Secretary
Carolus Wimmer.
Secretary for International Relations.
Caracas, April 12th, 2017.
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¡NO A LA ILEGALIZACIÓN DEL PCV!

Camaradas
PARTIDOS COMUNISTAS Y OBREROS DEL MUNDO
Queridos camaradas, 
Reciban un clasista y revolucionario saludo del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Venezuela (PCV), en ocasión de dirigirnos a ustedes para alertarles y explicarles acerca de la amenaza de ilegalización que pesa sobre el PCV por cuarta vez en sus 86 años de lucha. 
Durante más de un año, públicamente y en reuniones cerradas, el PCV ha expresado y ratificado que no se someterá a las «Normas para la renovación de nóminas de inscritos de las organizaciones con fines políticos nacionales» –establecidas el 4 de marzo de 2016 por el Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)–, por cuanto éstas contienen parámetros que nunca se habían aplicado anteriormente y que son inaceptables para la dignidad y seguridad de una organización revolucionaria y de su militancia, además de que extralimitan el marco legal vigente. 
Entre los nuevos parámetros de estas «normas», se impone que la militancia de los partidos ahora debe registrarse directamente ante el CNE, desnaturalizando la relación establecida legal e históricamente del Poder Electoral con los partidos políticos y de éstos con sus respectivas militancias; lo cual no sólo contraviene los Estatutos y principios orgánicos del PCV como partido de cuadros, sino que, además, constituye un peligro para el funcionamiento interno de la organización, ya que si decenas, cientos o miles de personas que no sean realmente militantes de nuestro partido se registran como tales en el CNE, posteriormente podrán reclamar el derecho a participar en la elección de los órganos dirigentes y de las candidaturas del PCV. Además, las «normas» prevén el acceso público, a través del sitio Web del CNE, a los datos de quienes se registren, lo cual violenta el derecho de toda persona a resguardar su opción política, debilita el principio del secreto del voto, y pone en riesgo la seguridad personal y la estabilidad laboral de la militancia comunista y de izquierda, ya que la derecha neofascista y los patronos públicos y privados podrán acceder a esta información y arremeter contra las y los revolucionarios. Por si fuera poco, las «normas» de 2016, en comparación con las de 2011, además de reducir de seis meses a 14 horas el lapso para el registro de la nómina, equiparó los procedimientos y requisitos para los partidos que no participaron en las últimas dos elecciones y los que sí participamos. 
Tras la publicación de estas «normas», el Buró Político del CC del PCV consignó una comunicación al CNE, el 10 de junio de 2016, con sus objeciones y propuestas de modificación; pero nunca fue respondida por el ente electoral, lo cual –además de constituir un incumplimiento de la obligatoriedad constitucional a brindar una “oportuna y adecuada respuesta.” (artículo 51)– evidencia la falta de voluntad política que ha prevalecido en el CNE para buscar una solución a la situación planteada. 
A lo largo de más de 14 meses, se han realizado múltiples reuniones bilaterales e intercambios con altos funcionarios del Gobierno y reuniones amplias entre representantes de los partidos que integramos el Gran Polo Patriótico «Simón Bolívar» y que impulsamos el proceso bolivariano, incluidos dirigentes del PSUV; en todas ellas el PCV ha expresado sus observaciones a las «normas» del CNE para la “renovación”, las cuales son compartidas por la casi totalidad de estos partidos. Sin embargo, mientras algunos dirigentes nacionales del PSUV han expresado “comprensión” sobre el tema, otros han declarado públicamente que el proceso del CNE está apegado a derecho y que debe ejecutarse tal como está establecido; por lo que no se ha definido claramente cuál es la posición oficial del partido de Gobierno. 
A principios de este año ya se veía inminente que el CNE impondría el proceso de “renovación” con esas «normas» abusivas, escudándose en la pre-constitucional Ley de partidos políticos, reuniones públicas y manifestaciones –que continúa aplicándose a pesar de que data de 1965, como parte de la política policial de control a los partidos de izquierda en el momento más represivo del régimen puntofijista, y que, a pesar de una «reforma parcial» en 2010, mantuvo su contenido y carácter restrictivo, no adaptándose a los principios y postulados de la Constitución de 1999, especialmente en lo relativo a la promoción de la participación, protagonismo y control popular en la gestión pública–. 
Por ello, el PCV introdujo, el pasado 16 de febrero, en la Sala Constitucional del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), un recurso de nulidad por inconstitucionalidad del artículo 25 de la ley de partidos políticos –que es el que establece la “renovación”– y en dicho escrito también solicitó medidas cautelares para que se suspendiera provisionalmente el proceso de “renovación” adelantado por el CNE, el cual inició el pasado 4 de marzo. 
Han transcurrido casi dos meses desde que el PCV introdujo el recurso en el TSJ y más de un mes desde que el CNE inició el proceso de “renovación”, sin que la Sala Constitucional del máximo órgano rector del Poder Judicial haya emitido decisión sobre las medidas cautelares ni sobre el fondo del petitorio, a pesar del postulado constitucional que consagra el derecho “a obtener con prontitud la decisión correspondiente” de los órganos de administración de justicia (artículo 26). Según el cronograma del CNE para el proceso de “renovación”, al PCV le corresponde el 20 y 21 de mayo, entendiéndose que el PCV no reconocerá como militante a ninguna persona que se registre esos días; y, del 9 al 19 de julio se dará a conocer el informe final de este proceso, ya habiendo expresado el CNE que el partido que no se “renueve” será “cancelado” –que es el término empleado por la ley–, por ende, perderá su estatus legal y su personalidad jurídica, con todas las implicaciones que esto conlleva. 
Estas acciones, que amenazan con ilegalizar al principal, histórico y más consecuente instrumento de lucha de la clase obrera y del pueblo trabajador venezolano contra la dominación imperialista y la explotación capitalista, se produce en una coyuntura de crisis del modelo capitalista rentista y dependiente de nuestro país, de incremento de la política intervencionista del imperialismo contra el referente moral que sigue siendo el proceso bolivariano, y de agudización de las contradicciones clase y de lucha por el poder entre el bloque de fuerzas de la derecha pro-imperialista y el bloque de las fuerzas que respaldamos al Gobierno, y más aún a lo interno de estos bloques. 
En este contexto, el Comité Central del PCV plantea a los Partidos Comunistas, Obreros y Revolucionarios del mundo, que consideren asumir la Campaña «¡No a la ilegalización del PCV!», manifestando la posición del movimiento comunista y antiimperialista internacional en apoyo al PCV y a que se respeten sus derechos y las garantías constitucionales; al tiempo que se ratifique la denuncia del injerencismo imperialista que atenta contra la soberanía y autodeterminación del pueblo venezolano. 
Agradeciendo de antemano el apoyo y la solidaridad internacionalista, se despiden, con saludos comunistas, 
Por el Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Venezuela (PCV):
Oscar Figuera G.
Secretario General
Carolus Wimmer
Secretario de Relaciones Internacionales
Caracas, 12 de abril de 2017.
KKE: Full solidarity with Venezuela’s Communist Party, denounces electoral ban threats

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

KKE: Full solidarity with Venezuela’s Communist Party, denounces electoral ban threats

 https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/04/kke-full-solidarity-with-venezuelas.html

In a statement, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) expresses its solidarity to the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and denounces the threats by the National Electoral Council to exclude it from the elections:

 
“The KKE denounces in the most decisive way the threat of ban of the CP of Venezuela by the country’s National Electoral Council, firmly standing by the side of the communists and will strengthen the efforts for the mass expression of the international solidarity. 
The attempt against the PCV is based on the enactment of a law passes in 1965 by the police-state, anticommunist regime of the time which attempted to impose additional control mechanisms to the political activity.
 
The National Electoral Council provocatively asks from the Communist Party of Venezuela to submit lists of its members in order to “renew” its entitlement as a recognized party and these data will be in the hands of the state mechanism as well as accessed through the internet.
 
This attempt against the PCV, which is the most consistent defender of the interests of the working class and the people’s rights, takes place in a moment of intensity of the deadlocks and the crisis of the capitalist way of development in the country and the threats against the people and the popular movement are sharpening. 

The country’s government and the political forces which support or tolerate this attack bear great responsibilities.The working class, the popular strata must draw conclusions and defend the PCV from this new attack and take into account the historical experience which shows that the attacks on the communists always consist the precursor of broader strikes against the people’s rights and achievements.

The KKE expresses its full support to the Communist Party of Venezuela and its decision not to hand over details of their members to  the bourgeois state and stands in solidarity with the nationwide mobilization organized by the PCV on April 7th against the attempt to outlaw the party”.

Source: 902.gr / Translation: In Defense of Communism ©.
Venezuela’s Communist Party (PCV) denounces efforts to exclude it from elections

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Venezuela’s Communist Party (PCV) denounces efforts to exclude it from elections

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/02/venezuelas-communist-party-pcv.html
The Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) is going to challenge new electoral authority rules in court this week which threaten to exclude it from elections. During the weekend the party denounced the new National Electoral Council (CNE) rules which require parties to submit full membership lists for publication on the authority’s website — or be deregistered and barred from elections.
According to the Communist Party of Venezuela the recent decision is based on a 1965 law, when the then bourgeois governments (including Romulo Betancourt’s one) had unleashed numerous persecutions against members of the Communist Party which was outlawed. The General Secretary of PCV Oscar Figuera stated that the Party will seek an injuction from the Supreme Justice Tribunal against the rule of the National Electoral Council.
The Communist Party of Venezuela holds two seats in the opposition-controlled, 167-member National Assembly, and forms part of the Great Patriotic Pole bloc led by President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party.
The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Mexico (PCM) Pavel Blanco expressed his “total solidarity with the glorious Communist Party of Venezuela”. As Secretary Blanco stated, “under no argument is it permissible for a communist party to be outlawed and deprived of its electoral rights. It would leave much to desire from the Maduro government if it acted against the PCV”.