Published 22 June 2017 by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!
On Saturday 18 June 2017 the Revolutionary Communist Group and Rock Around The Blockade organised a picket of BBC Broadcasting House in central London to denounce its mendacious coverage of the struggle for socialism in Venezuela.
Having picketed The Guardian for the same reason in May, the RCG and RATB targeted the BBC because this unashamed mouthpiece for imperialism spreads blatant lies about the Bolivarian Revolution in order to justify ongoing attempts at a fascistic counter-revolution.
Curiously enough, even if Venezuelan Presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro have always been presented as 'ruthless dictators' by the BBC, the British media have usually taken little interest in the indisputable progress brought about by the Boliarian Revolution. However, seizing on the renewed counter-revolutionary efforts of the Mesa de Unidad Democrática (MUD), the opposition's coalition, the British media have suddenly remembered Venezuela’s existence.
The many lies include blaming all the victims of street violence on the government, ignoring the role of right-wing rioters and paramilitary groups. The BBC also makes the government fully responsible for the economic problems facing Venezuela. Of course, there are many reasons, but the BBC chooses to ignore the food hoarding and sabotage of local production by private companies, which remain in control of around 70% of the country's economy.
Socialists from various parts of the world joined the RCG and RATB to show solidarity with the people of Venezuela and to denounce the British media's lies. We had various speeches on our open microphone, exposing the double standards and economic interests of rich BBC executives, while playing Venezuelan revolutionary music.
Four or five MUD supporters turned up to form a counter-protest but, as in Venezuela, they were easily outnumbered. The opposition weren't there to debate us, but to shout nonsensical slogans such as ‘BBC tells the truth’ and ‘Cuban hands off Venezuela’. We were flattered by this compliment regarding socialist Cuba's international influence.
The simple truth is that imperialist powers such as Britain and the US want Latin America's resources and labour to sustain themselves. Many of the Guerra Sucia or 'Dirty War' tactics used against revolutionary movements in Nicaragua, Cuba and Chile are being seen again in Venezuela.
¡Chávez vive, la lucha sigue!