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Newcastle pays homage to Venezuela

Viva Venezuela Night’ will be a fun filled night for RCG supporters, although of course, anyone who wishes to drop by will be more than welcome.

Two days after the presidential elections, the 9th of October, the Loco bar, Newcastle will play host to this ‘Venezuelan night’.

It will consist of a chance to debate different elements of the RCG (Revolutionary Communist Group), watch films, and listen to music (songs brought by the very same people who will remain in the streets of Caracas to inform us of all that takes place). To bring the party to a close we will have some of the latest in revolutionary hip-hop from Venezuela.

The party will take place just two days after the new President of the Republic has been elected. The president elect will then be inaugurated on the 10th of January 2013 and will remain in the position until the 10th of January 2019.

The most important groups that dispute the election are the Gran Polo Patriotico (GPP) who support the re-election of Hugo Chavez, and the Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD) which will be represented by Henrique Capriles Radonski.

For these elections those who back the government will be looking for the re-election of the current president, Hugo Chavez, for the third consecutive term, after in a 2009 referendum a bill was passed to remove restrictions on successive re-election to publicly elected positions, the first amendment to the Venezuelan constitution.

For their part, the opposition, which consists mainly of supporters of the Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD) and of the Frente Constitucional, is looking to unite in order to confront the current government, and have their own candidate elected to power. Recent election results in 2010 showed that this movement is gaining momentum, and positive results for the coalition, which obtained 47.22% of valid votes.

After a couple of days to reflect calmly on the election results, the Loco bar, in the heart of the city will open its doors to those interested in attending the event. They may do so by finding their way to No 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4PG.

(Translated by Thomas Wright)

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