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Over the past decade, Latin America has been in the forefront of the struggle against capitalism and its evil effects upon the lives of working class people.  Nowhere has been the case more than in Venezuela, where Chavez, President for the past ten years, proudly proclaims himself a socialist. Latin America of course has long been a victim of capitalism and imperialism. In Venezuela the capitalist class have often simply abandoned their factories as unprofitable, leaving the workers to rot. These workers have indignantly stood up for their rights. For years past they have struggled to occupy these factories as a way of maintaining their livelihoods. They are ahead of us in Britain and the rest of Europe. We should learn the lessons.