Today a crucial election is taking place in Venezuela.
There are many things to be said about this, and have been said.
The Tendance agrees with the position of Dave Osler (majority) outlined here.
Hugo Chávez has faults, we all know them. His government may have socialist intentions, but not all of its actions have been without reproach.
He has said some ridiculous and demeaning things on international issues – notably about the counter-revolutionary Iranian regime.
But he has advanced the cause of the peoples, helping the power of the poor and the working class.
Even Libération admits inequality in the country is now the lowest in South America.
His opponent Henrique Capriles has had a make-over and now claims not to be an agent of ultra-liberalism and the US.
We do not believe this for a moment.
This is a fundamental class issue: support Chávez and wish him well!