Hugo Chavez' legacy; Alvaro Sanchez meetings at STUC on 17/4, Edinburgh on 18/4; Quilapayun; and more

Dear friends

the death of Hugo Chavez was a sad blow but the many tributes from around the world revealed how widely respected he was; how wide was recognition of his achievements despite the attempts by his enemies to smear him and his memory.

If you did not see them at the time, a number of tributes and comments can be found on the website and the Facebook page of the Scottish Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – See for example the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon posted there.

Updates on Venezuela's presidential elections this weekend can be found on

Fringe Meeting at STUC 17 April - Hugo Chavez: showing another world is possible

Alvaro Sanchez, Counsellor at the Venezuelan Embassy in London, will speak at a fringe meeting at 5.30 on Wednesday 17 April at the STUC Congress in Perth. See attached flyer. This is organised jointly with the Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

Meet Alvaro Sanchez in Edinburgh, lunchtime on Thursday 18 April

There will be an informal meeting with Alvaro Sanchez, Counsellor at the Venezuelan Embassy in London, in the back room of the White Horse bar, 226 Canongate (Royal Mile), Edinburgh - 12.30 to 13.30. Drop in to meet Alvaro and hear reports from Venezuela; we expect to be celebrating the victory of Nicolas Maduro in the Presidential elections and discussing future prospects. Please try to let me know if you might come to this.

Quilapayun - legendary Chilean band 

The band will be in Glasgow and Edinburgh on 18th and 19th April for their only UK gigs. Please find attached flyer for the concerts which have been co-ordinated by Valentina and Voces del Sur who are also supporting this world famous band from Chile in concert.

Legacy of Hugo Chavez - event in June

Some of us are making plans for an event in Edinburgh to celebrate the legacy of Hugo Chavez, probably in June. As well as talks and speeches we hope this will be a lively event with music and films. If interested in helping organise this, let me know

Learning from Latin America - report

if you could not attend the conference in December a report was published in Scottish Left Review - see