On 6th Feb a seminar was organized at the Hyderabad Press Club to show solidarity with the great Arab Revolution which is affecting the whole world and to develop a clear perspective in this rapidly changing objective situation. A great number of students, youth, women, workers and trade union activists were in attendance. The main speaker was Dr. Lal Khan, editor of the Asian Marxist Review, while other speakers included Riaz Hussain Lund, Chairman of the PTUDC, Paras Jan, Information Secretary of the PTUDC and Anwar Panhwar PTUDC Sindh President.

On Saturday (5th February) around one thousand people – Egyptians, Londoners and others ‑ gathered outside the United States embassy and later marched through central London to the Egyptian embassy. The protest was called to show solidarity with the revolutionary struggle of the people of Egypt.

Thursday evening, 200 protestors gathered in front of the Egyptian embassy in Denmark’s capital. The event was called by a coalition of groups, including Danish supporters of the IMT. The demands were for Denmark to sever all relations with the Mubarak regime and the other Arab dictatorships. The protestors condemned the bloody regime of Hosni Mubarak and hailed the great Arab revolution.

While the flames of revolution engulf the whole of the Middle East in Syria left activists face severe punishment merely for expressing their views. We call on our readers and supporters to send protest letters/emails to the Syrian authorities demanding the release of four activists sentenced to several years in prison on January 23.

Four Syrian left-wingers have been sentenced to several years in prison, accused of being members of the Party for Communist Action (PCA) and they have no right of appeal. In Defence of Marxism condemns this barbaric act and adds its voice to the calls for their immediate and unconditional release. We publish here the note that recently went up on the Amnesty International website.

Youth For International Socialism (YFIS), the Unemployed Youth Movement (BNT) and the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC) jointly held protests in Rawalpindi and Hyderabad to express solidarity with the revolutionary movements in Tunisia and Egypt.

We publish a resolution which was passed this weekend at the Karl Marx Seminar of the Vorarlberg Young Socialists and photos of the demo in solidarity with the Arab Revolution. Ninety young comrades from Austria, Germany and the Swiss Jusos were present. Around 500 euro were also raised to help finance the work of Arabic language Marxist website marxy.com.