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Greetings from the Australian Venezuela Solidarity Network solidarity brigade

Greetings from the Australian Venezuela Solidarity Network solidarity brigade currently in Venezuela brigade by brigade coordinater Coral Wynter

"We have just attended a massive march of worker for May Day in Caracas. We estimate about 500,000 to 750,000 people all in red T shirts from all over the country. It was amazing and our brigade of 15 people were interviewed on three television stations, Telesur, VTV and VIve. We also gave numerous radio interviews. We were easily identified with our great banner. We danced and skipped along the route from La Bandera to Puente Laguno. It was very exciting and nothing like anybody has experienced before. YOu really feel the power of the working class. Also John Cleary (representative of Electrical Trades Union) and I made our way to the stage and gave greetings to the workers of Venezuela from Australian workers. We were greet with a loud cheer. I think we were the only foreigners in the crowd as an organised group. So we were on national television with our great T'shirts expressing Australia Venezuela solidarity. Unfortunately President Hugo Cavez didn´t speak on this occassion but yesterday he announed another 30% increase in the minimum wages of workers. A geat day and we are all exhausted but very happy."

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