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No party is allowed to use, among its symbols, theVenezuelan Flag or its colours (in any arranged order), the name of Simon Bolivar and the Coat of arms. At party rallies, candidate podiums and so on, it is alowed to use all of these (but it carries certain controversy). Parties rarely wave flags, beyond some rags with their colours (very rarelywith their logos on it), although I have seen a Communist Party Flag at somerallies. A flag with eight stars (as Bolivar's model in 1817 and 1819) has been flown at the current party in power (Fifth Republic Movement) rallies.But they are alligned in various positions, and move around the flag from one rally to another
Guillermo Aveledo , 24 September 1999

As part of the murky restlessness my country is getting used to , yet another Military officer is making political remarks: this time, Colonel (Air Force) Silvino Bustillos remarked in a press conference at the National Lectoral Council's free press room thet President (retired Lt. Colonel) Hugo Chavez, was, among some other nfr things, breaking the National Symbols Law, whichs bans the usage of the anthem, flag and CoA by political parties or factiones, or any politically interested group.
An hard-to-enforce law as it may be, this was already noted by me last year on this very list. President Chavez, both as a candidate and as a president-candidate (a first in Venezuela, when reelection was just instituted by the 1999 Constitution) has repeatedly used both the national flag (state and civil) and the anthem on political meetings and rallies.
Quite conscientously or not, the use of national symbols is forbidden in such activities (and no other candidate ever has used these colours).
Guillermo Aveledo, 17 July 2000

Confederacion de Trabajadores de Venezuela (CTV) - Workers' Confederation of Venezuela

by Guillermo Aveledo, 16 September 2000

The CTV is the most important labour organisation in Venezuela. Although recently under fire, it serves as an umbrella organisation for most of Venezuela's trade unions, much like Britain's TUC. It has been dominated by the labour organisations of the, again until recently, most important parties in Venezuela (AD and Copei, with a lesser participation of the MAS and LCR; the CTV emblem shows an uncanny familiarity to that of AD). There are some rival trade unions associations, but this has been the most important (founded in 1936) and the largest. It is now challenged, although I'm not sure if aiming towards replacing the upper cadres or removing the whole structure, by the newly formed 'Bolivarian Force of Workers'. This new movement has not shown a flag yet.
The flag itself is a red field (typical of labour movements) over which we see the CTV logo: a white gear (outlined in black), which has sixteen teeth, with an inner circle divided in a blue-yellow-red tricolor (unlike the national flag, but like the tricolor shown in AD's logo), a white map of Venezuela (with the white-red map of the claimed zone of Guyana by Venezuela, shown in the logo since the 1960s), and, above it all, black, bold and capital letters "CTV". Over the years, then logo has suffered slight modifications, none of which are too critical so as to be mentioned.
Guillermo Aveledo, 16 September 2000

Fuerza Bolivariana de Trabajadores - Bolivarian Worker's Force

by Guillermo Aveledo, 30 November 2000

Here's the flag of the FUERZA BOLIVARIANA DE TRABAJADORES (Bolivarian Worker's Force), a government-supported labour union, which was instituted in order to substitute CTV (our longest-living and largest trade union) after today's referendum on labour freedoms. The flag is a regular Venezuelan tricolori, with the FBT's logo centered inside it. The logo consists of four concentric rings, from outside to the inside: black, red, blue and yellow. Within the rings, we have a white circle with three antropomorphic faces (namely, what seems to be a working man with a hard hat stands in front), drawn in red line art. Seven white five-pointed red-embroidered stars, incremental in their size, encircle almost half of the white circle, entering the red, blue and yellow rings. On the sides of the ring, we have two small trocolor tribands of yello-blue-red and, encircling it all, the letters "FUERZA BOLIVARIANA DE TRABAJADORES" in black, embroidered in white. This flag has been used as a paper waver flag for supporters of the FBT, and as a huge stage flag (made out of what seemed to be some sort of plastic or artificial cloth) was used during a national convention of the FTB a few months ago.
Guillermo Aveledo, 30 November 2000

UNION para el Progreso - UNION for the Progress

UNION for the Progress
by Guillermo Aveledo, 12 September 2002

Democratic Left
by Guillermo Aveledo, 12 September 2002

MAS (Movement to the Socialism)
by Guillermo Aveledo, 12 September 2002

The "UNION for the Progress" Political Party was formed around the groups that on year 2000 supported Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Francisco Arias Cárdenas in his candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic. Its principal nucleus is a party created at the end of 1999 with the old guard of the MAS (Movement to the Socialism) Party, called "Democratic Left" (Izquierda Democrática). The MAS, founded on 1973, fundamentally was originated by a rupture of the PCV (Communist Party of Venezuela), after which then Communist Youth was rebelled as opposed to the "stalinism" of the old guard, criticizing the repression to the  "Prague's Spring" on 1968. The Communist Youth of Venezuela and other leaders of the PCV were sanctioned by the Polit-bureau of the  Soviet Union Communist Party. But that one is another history (although very near one to three of the four greaters leaders of UNION). UNION also agglutinates some retired militaries (some, like Arias, involved in the 1992' putsches), old political and union leaders of left "not aligned" and others.
Its emblem is one capital "U" in white, blue and yellow, without greater meaning than the initial of the word "Union". Its "flag" is its logo on target, in proportion 1:1. It doesn't have reverse.
The Web Site of the Union is
Guillermo Aveledo (translated by Raul Orta), 12 September 2002

Flag Used in the "Opposition March"

This image was taken by the daily "El National" of Caracas on the so called "Opposition March" last Thursday. The addition on the flag take my attention.
Néstor Garrido, 16 October 2002

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