In the run up to the December 8 municipal elections the campaign of speculation, hoarding, profiteering, overpricing and sabotage of the economy has intensified. The Venezuelan government of President Maduro has denounced that there is a “slow motion coup” being implemented. The year on year inflation rate has reached 74% and the scarcity index is at a record level of 22%.

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.