The “unconditional solidarity” of the left with Chavismo Natalia Uval (La Diaria, Montevideo) talks with Edgardo Lander

And that contradiction had different manifestations in each local context. Where there was prior organisational experience, there were communal leaders who were able to confront the state; not to reject public intervention, but to negotiate with the government. In addition, starting in 2005 there was a transition in the Bolivarian experience, from the initial and very open approach that was concerned about building a social model different to both the Soviet style of organisation and liberal capitalism, towards declaring that the process was socialist and understanding socialism as a state-driven process. Cuban advisors had a strong political and ideological influence in that conversion.

Since then, social organisations began to be conceived as mere instruments to be directed from above, based on a top-down and Stalinist political culture that increased the levels of precariousness of social organisations.

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