22 May 2010

Morning Star - Venezuelan Socialist United Party (PSUV) members Katy Jaimes and Elias Chacon are currently touring Britain to build solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution and the movement of occupied factories in Venezuela.

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12 May 2010
On Saturday May 22nd come and hear speakers from Venezuela and discuss the latest events surrounding the Venezuelan Revolution, including the PSUV congress, Chavez's appeal for a Fifth International, the setting up of a Bolivarian militia, factory occupations, the forthcoming national assembly elections and the situation in Latin America in general.  

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08 March 2010

“I’m a woman with a new life since the Bolivarian Revolution knocked on my door,” said Pielrroc Montenegro, Maracaiban by birth and Andean by tradition, with glazed eyes full of nostalgia and gratitude.

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25 May 2018

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25 May 2018

Hands off Venezuela is committed to safeguarding your privacy. At all times we aim to respect any personal data you share with us, or that we receive from other organisations, and keep it safe. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) sets out our data collection and processing practices and your options regarding the ways in which your personal information is used.

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We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:

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Applicable law recognises certain categories of personal information as sensitive and therefore requiring more protection, including political opinions and trade union membership. In limited cases, we may collect sensitive personal data about you. We would only collect sensitive personal data if there is a clear reason for doing so; and will only do so with your explicit consent.

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Where we consider that the information with which you have provided us does not enable us to identify the personal information in question, we reserve the right to ask for (i) personal identification and/or (ii) further information.

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We are required to have one or more lawful grounds to process your personal information. Only 4 of these are relevant to us:

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We will ask for your consent to use your information to send you electronic communications such as newsletters and and fundraising emails, and if you ever share sensitive personal information with us.

(2) Contractual relationships

Most of our interactions with supporters are voluntary and not contractual. However, sometimes it will be necessary to process personal information so that we can enter contractual relationships with people. For example, if you subscribe to one of our publications, or purchase merchandise online.

(3) Legal obligations

Sometimes we will be obliged to process your personal information due to legal obligations which are binding on us. We will only ever do so when strictly necessary.

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Applicable law allows personal information to be collected and used if it is reasonably necessary for our legitimate activities (as long as its use is fair, balanced and does not unduly impact individuals’ rights).

We will rely on this ground to process your personal data when it is not practical or appropriate to ask for consent.

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These include (but are not limited to) promoting socialist policies


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Publicity and income generation

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Operational Management

  • Maintenance of suppression files
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Purely administrative purposes

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Financial Management and control

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  • Enforcement of legal claims
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When we use your personal information, we will consider if it is fair and balanced to do so and if it is within your reasonable expectations. We will balance your rights and our legitimate interests to ensure that we use your personal information in ways that are not unduly intrusive or unfair in other ways.

  1. Data retention

The length of time each category of data will be retained will vary depending on how long we need to process it for, the reason it was collected, and in line with any statutory requirements. After this point the data will either be deleted, or we may retain a secure anonymised record for research and analytical purposes.  

In the event that you ask us to stop sending you direct marketing/fundraising/other electronic communications, we will keep your name on our internal suppression list to ensure that you are not contacted again.

  1. Policy amendments

We keep this Privacy Policy under regular review and reserve the right to update from time-to-time by posting an updated version on our website, not least because of changes in applicable law. We recommend that you check this Privacy Policy occasionally to ensure you remain happy with it. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

  1. Third party websites

We link our website directly to other sites. This Privacy Policy does not cover external websites and we are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any external websites you visit via links on our website.

  1. Updating information

You can check the personal data we hold about you, and ask us to update it where necessary, by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. Contact

We are not required by law to have a “Data Protection Officer” – however we have a Data Protection Manager.

Please let us know if you have any queries or concerns whatsoever about the way in which your data is being processed by emailing the Data Protection Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

02 April 2007

 Sanitarios Maracay is a ceramics factory in Venezuela currently occupied by its workforce. The factory is being run under workers control through a system of general assemblies and committees. The workers took over the factory in November 2006, when the owner, a known coup-plotter, abandoned it. They want the factory nationalised and run under workers' control.

This occupation is only one of several taking place in Venezuela at this time. President Chávez has declared himself in favour of nationalisation and introduced experiences of workers control, as shown by the expropriation of Venepal (a paper factory) and CNV (a valve factory) in 2005, but the process is difficult and bureaucratic and can take time. In the meantime the workers of Sanitarios Maracay need practical help to maintain the occupation.

This is an extremely inspiring struggle, part of the push of ordinary working people taking their futures into their own hands, the true significance of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.

Hands Off Venezuela has linked up with the workers at Sanitarios Maracay to provide solidarity and practical help for their struggle. We are writing to ask if we could come to one of your meetings to raise the issue. We have some very inspiring (very short!) videos shot by members of a recent delegation of Hands off Venezuela who visited the factory in December, which would be worth showing.

Useful support for the occupation includes: donations, messages of solidarity, arranging meetings to show the video and discuss the situation, petition signatures (online petition)

If you would like a member of Hands off Venezuela to come to your meeting to make a short presentation about the dispute, please contact us. Alternatively we have attached a model resolution and if you do not have time for a speaker, perhaps you would present this resolution to a meeting.

For further information, please see the Hands off Venezuela website. ( www.handsoffvenezuela.org). To arrange a speaker, in Britain, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or ring Julian Sharpe - 07714125419. For other countries, use the Contact Us form.

Find out more about the struggle of Sanitarios Maracay workers:





18 January 2007

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21 July 2006

Name: Hands Off Venezuela Campaign

Objectives: The objectives of the campaign are to:

  1. Give full support to the Venezuelan Revolution, which has repeatedly proved its democratic credentials, in its struggle to liberate the oppressed of Venezuela.
  2. Defend the Revolution against the attacks of imperialism and its local agents, the Venezuelan oligarchy.
  3. Support the new trade union confederation, the UNT, as the legitimate voice of the workers' movement.
  4. To counteract the media distortions and lies about Venezuela and mobilise the maximum support for the above aims.

Membership: HOV is a broad-based, grass roots solidarity campaign operating in over 30 countries. In Britain, membership will be open to all who accept the objectives of the campaign and who pay the annual subscription or affiliation fee.

Structure: The HOV is made up of individual members, groups and affiliated organisations, which will be represented at the annual conference (AGM). The campaign will encourage the setting up of HOV groups locally. The annual conference will elect a steering committee to oversee the development of the campaign. The steering committee will elect officers to run the day to day work of HOV, who will report back regularly to the committee. Voting at conference will take place on the basis of one member one vote. HOV groups and affiliated organisations will be eligible to send motions to the AGM.

Conference will have the power to amend the Constitution by majority vote. Special conferences may be called at the discretion of the national steering committee or at the request of the majority of the membership.

14 July 2006

The Hands Off Venezuela Campaign, which is a broad-based campaign, was established to generate awareness about Venezuela within the labour and trade union movement and among young people. Our main task is to promote the social gains of the Bolivarian Revolution and mobilise public opinion against imperialist aggression towards Venezuela.

The basic aims of the Campaign are to:

  • Give full support to the Venezuelan Revolution, which has repeatedly proved its democratic credentials, in its struggle to liberate the oppressed of Venezuela.
  • Defend the Revolution against the attacks of imperialism and its local agents, the Venezuelan oligarchy.
  • To counteract the media distortions and lies about Venezuela and mobilise the maximum support for the above aims.

Hands Off Venezuela organises public events, film shows, speaking tours, delegations to Venezuela of trade unionists and youth, provides news and information about the latest events and promotes solidarity and links both in Britain and internationally within Venezuela.

Join Hands Off Venezuela!

To get your trade union or other organisation affiliated, here are the recommended affiliation fees:

National trade union: £500

Regional bodies: £250

Branches / trades councils: £50

Others: £25

These are the affiliation fees for individuals:

Waged: £7.50

Unwaged: £5.00 (suggested)

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By post

Please download the affiliation form (PDF format) and send it back to us!

Contact address:

Hands Off Venezuela, Unit 22233, PO Box 6945, London W1A 6US

Join / affiliate to the campaign!

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Hands Off Venezuela's financial resources are limited so we rely on our supporters around the world.  Please make a donation of any size towards building the campaign