On Sunday, 30th June, approximately 400 demonstrators came together at Queen’s Park in Toronto to rally in solidarity with mass protests in Egypt against President Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hostility towards Morsi was apparent at the rally, as chants and signs depicted the deep resentment that Egyptians have for the current government.

On Tuesday 11th June, Socialist Appeal and the Marxist Societies of SOAS and UCL organised a meeting at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), London, to discuss the current political situation and mass movement in Turkey. This followed on from the daily protests that were held in Trafalgar Square over the past week to show support for the Turkish demonstrators.

On Monday, June 10th, 100 people gathered in front of the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen to show their support for the mass movement in Turkey and protest against brutal repression from the Turkish government. In the demonstration we saw the same phenomena as we see in the Turkish mass movement, that it cuts across all kinds of divisions. There were Turks and Kurds, Iraqis and Iranians, Danes and other nationalities.

On Saturday 8th of June, a rally was organised in Trafalgar Square by the Turkish community of London in solidarity with the revolutionary process that is currently taking place in Turkey. This was part of a series of smaller rallies that were called every day this past week. Comrades from Socialist Appeal have participated throughout the week.

As in many other Austrian cities (Vienna, Bregenz, Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg) there was also a demonstration in Linz in solidarity with the mass movement against the Turkish goverment of Erdogan and against the heavy handed crackdown of the police. Over 1,000 people attended this very boisterous and militant demo through Austria's third biggest town on Saturday, June 8. It was organised by different Turkish, Kurdish and Alevi left-wing organisations and cultural groups.

On Tuesday 4th June, 500-1000 people rallied in London in solidarity with the movement in Turkey. The majority were from London’s huge Turkish community, who had brought hundreds of youth. They gave the protest an explicitly Communist and revolutionary message, with hundreds of red flags and revolutionary chanting.

On Sunday, 2nd June, 400 people showed up at Toronto’s Queen's Park in solidarity with the recent protests in Turkey. Banners were raised high to show resentment towards the current AKP government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and to express solidarity with the movement in Turkey.

We have received the following appeal from Turkish activists who are involved in the mass movement in Turkey.

Over 50 activists, trade unionists, youth and Latin American activists, met in London on May 4 to discuss about the legacy of Hugo Chávez and the challenges facing the Bolivarian revolution. The meeting reaffirmed our rejection of the opposition claims of electoral fraud and renewed our commitment to defend the democratically expressed will of the Venezuelan people to elect Nicolás Maduro as president.

‘Companero Hugo Chavez! Presente! Ahora y siempre!’ Overwhelmed by emotion but determined to continue the struggle. This is how you can summarize the mood amongst the two hundred people in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Brussels. A few minutes after hearing the tragic news of the death of Hugo Chavez, the Hands Off Venezuela campaign called for a vigil in front of the embassy the following day.

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