By John Riddell and Suzanne Weiss
We visited Venezuela from November 19 to December 2, 2007, as part of a solidarity brigade organized by the Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network (www.venezuelasolidarity.org). We visited Venezuela from November 19 to December 2, 2007, as part of a solidarity brigade organized by the Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network (www.venezuelasolidarity.org).
We have organized the highpoints of our tour notebook under seven headings.
The first of our highpoints:
In Memory of a recent martyr of the revolutionDanilo Anderson (1966-2004), a state prosecutor investigating instigators of the anti-Chávez coup, was victim of a notorious right-wing assassination. A display in his memory was mounted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a few weeks before the referendum on constitutional reform. The display is adorned with signed graffiti by students, which express their feelings about Danilo and the revolutionary process.
• For a great and revolutionary homeland through your example.
• Danilo you are present with your people in every struggle.
• For Danilo. Yes to the great homeland that you wished to achieve for us.
• Yes to dreams. Yes to love. For all that is good and for the future of Venezuela and the world – we say “yes.”
• For the truth and dignity of the people.
• Danilo, friend, we will follow the path of our homeland’s future.
• A “yes” for integration of our—the Venezuelans’—people’s power. Ever onward to victory.
• Yes for our future—that of all the indigenous peoples.
• Yes for a country.
• Danilo, people like you never die.
• Forward to the 21st century with the constitutional reform.
• Down with the contras [escualidos]—revolution and transformation. Yes to the reform!
• Danilo – because the “yes” will create justice.