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Venezuela: Chavez Wins Presidential Election with 54% of the Vote!

Mérida, 7th October 2012 ( – Hugo Chavez has won the Venezuelan presidential election with 54.42% of the vote against 44.97% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. Chavez has made his victory speech, while Capriles has recognised his defeat.

The “first bulletin” results were announced by the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, at around 10pm Venezuelan time, with 90% of the votes totaled, enough to give Chavez an irreversible victory.

The CNE president said, “Once again we’ve had a calm electoral process, without problems, with the joy of this people who decided to vote massively today”. Read the rest of this entry


Support POCO’s Afro-Venezuelan Film Project!

The other site that I work with, People of Color Organize!, is sending a contingent of our editors to Venezuela to produce a film highlighting the history of Africans in Venezuela.

Click here to donate in support of this project.

At a time when the North Atlantic empires are on the decline, it is an exciting and hopeful time in Latin America!  Now, for the first time, millions of Venezuelans have access to education, job training, housing, land, clean water, and health care. Read the rest of this entry

Venezuela Celebrates Indigenous Resistance Day, Ancestral Lands Granted to Indigenous Communities

Indigenous groups marched across the country to mark the Day of Indigenous Resistance

Mérida, October 13th 2011 ( – This past Wednesday, the Venezuelan government returned over 15,800 hectares of ancestral lands to the indigenous Yukpa people, as the country celebrated “Indigenous Resistance Day” with public events and marches across the country.

Designated by Franklin D Roosevelt as “Columbus Day” in 1937, the 12th of October is the date that Christopher Columbus first “discovered” the Americas. The anniversary was re-named “Day of Indigenous Resistance” by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in 2002 to commemorate the beginning of the indigenous struggle against European invasion and colonisation. Read the rest of this entry