El Libertario

Anarchism in Venezuela, past and present

This is a brief outline of the libertarian footprint in the history of Venezuela, prepared by members of the Collective Editorship of El Libertario. We hope that this serves as a useful point of reference for those who are interested in the subject.

Venezuela: the Curious Tale of Rubén González, the imprisoned then liberated union activist

Just days after being sentenced to seven and a half years' imprisonment for supporting a strike, Rubén González, General Secretary of the Ferrominería miners' union, has seenting his custodial sentence annulled and his freedom partially restored.

Venezuela’s Social Movements: Autonomy’s Difficult Path

On November 2010, in the Spanish city of Cordoba, during the celebrations of the Centennial of the historical anarcho-syndicalist union, the Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo (CNT), a Round Table discussion about Latin America’s social movements took place. A representative of El Libertario was present and delivered the following report.

Cuba: interview with Octavio Alberola

Interview with the Spanish libertarian militant and veteran of the anti-Franco struggle Octavio Alberola on the anarchist angle on Cuba, originally published in the Venezuelan monthly El Libertario in 2004.

Why is there popular protest in Venezuela? El Libertario

For the benefit of those who find themselves surprised or disconcerted by the generalised decline of conditions in Venezuela, as well as the increase in popular struggle (2,893 street demonstrations between October 2008-September 2009; compared with 1,763 in the same period in 2007-08) – either because they are unaware of the situation here, they are based abroad, or because they always accept the official version of events – we expound below on some factors which contribute to social conflicts here.

Venezuela: all detainees released and charges dropped following union march in Maracay

All the individuals detained following Friday's demonstration were released late on Friday night, with all charges forgotten following the apparent intervention from someone from on high. Rafael from El Libertario, who was amongst the detained, filed this report:

Venezuela: 43 arrests on union march in Maracay

BREAKING NEWS (12/03/10, 4:45pm local time): 43 people have been arrested in a demonstration for labour and human rights and the return of collective contracts in the city of Maracay, Aragua state, Venezuela. Amongst the detained are three members of the human rights organisation, Provea, and an editor of the anarchist newspaper El Libertario.

The crisis in Venezuela: understanding the causes, assigning blame and suggesting solutions

Various chainstores have been expropriated by the military

The public pronouncement from the Editorial Collective of El Libertario in mid-January 2010 on the current situation in Venezuela.

Venezuela: Vetelca - the story of the first ever Bolivarian factory

Chávez and "the biggest dick"

This report originally appears in issue #57 of Venezuelan anarchist newspaper El Libertario. It is a detailed examination of the events behind the mobile telephone manufacturer Vetelca, in which the notion of a socialist industrial production model in Venezuela is unmasked.

Cuba: libertarians warn of impending "wave of repression"

Dudes and girls partying at the Festival de Poesía Sin Fin

Libertarians and Independent activists in the cultural sphere in Cuba are bracing themselves for state repression following an attack on an independent arts festival in Havana.