New Zealanders, Mike Treen, Mark Muller and Jared Phillips have recently returned from Venezuela, Philippines and Nepal respectively. They were guests of three of the world’s most inspiring movements for national and regional self-determination. They will lead discussion on the nature of liberation and revolution from three viewpoints: from inside the Bolivarian movement led by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, to the legal and underground expressions of people’s power in the Philippines, and to the expanding liberated zones of Nepal.
Sat 8 July, 9am – 5pm
Wellington Central Library
Wellington Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), Latin America Committee, Victoria University Student’s Association, Wellington Branch National Distribution Union, Worker’s Party of NZ, Philippine Solidarity Network.
Mark Muller is a Maoist and longtime member of the Workers Party and as involved in its parent body, the Revolutionary Workers League. He has ties to the International League for Peoples Struggles, a Maoist grouping led by Jose Maria Sison of the Communist Party of the Philippines. In 2004, Muller travelled to Andra Pradesh, India to investigate allegations of state terror against the region’s Maoist rebels. Muller is on the executive of the National Distribution Union and is based in Auckland. His recent visit to the Philippines was organised by the International Labor Solidarity Mission.
Jared Phillips joined the short lived Hamilton branch of the Workers Party in the early ’00s. By 2002, he was Wellington’s sole member of the party. In April 2003, Phillips travelled to Nepal where he travelled in the zones “liberated” by the Maoist rebels. On May day that year he met Baburum Bhattarai, leader of United Peoples Revolutionary Council. Phillips is also involved with the Revolutionary Workers League.