Support the Syrian people
Mark Booth urges support for a solidarity protest this Saturday
The Syrian Revolution is close to its second anniversary. After two years of brutal repression the Syrian people are still fighting.
Beginning on March 15th in 2011, since the start of the protests against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, between 70,000 and 100,000 Syrians have been killed, 850,000 have been made refugees and over 1.5 million are internally displaced as a result of the regime’s violence. Attempts by the regime to suppress the peaceful popular uprising have created a bloody conflict and caused immense destruction across Syria. Yet despite this, the level of active solidarity with the Syrian revolution has been small, compared to that for the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions.
Despite occurring during the same period as the other Arab revolutions, the character of the revolution has been heavily disputed from the start. While the protests raised the same slogans; for democracy, freedom and social justice, some ostensibly anti-imperialist and left-wing organisations and politicians were quick to label the protests an imperialist plot against Syria and Iran in order to destabilise the Middle East.
A number of activists, bloggers, and writers replied defending the popular character of the revolution and worked to show the popular character of the revolt and the active agency demonstrated by the Syrian people in their struggle, an agency that sections of the anti-imperialist Left sought to deny or subsume into a wider narrative about Western imperialist power and interference in the region.
This weekend is a chance for the agency of the Syrian people to be demonstrated in their struggle, and for those who support them to act against the tide of lies and misinformation which has sought to drown the revolution.
A day of international protest has been called for March 16th to show solidarity with the people of Syria, and demand action from the world’s governments against the Assad regime.
In London a demonstration is planned from the Syrian Embassy to 10 Downing Street. All those who wish to show solidarity with the Syrian people in their struggle for democracy and freedom should attend.
March for Syria – 16th March 2013
Assembly 12pm outside Syrian Embassy, 8 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PH
March to 10 Downing Street
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Syria, once proud of its contribution to culture, its distinguished history and its beautiful mosques and churches has been overwhelmed with a brutal dictatorship. Syrian homes have turned to rubble, echoing the unheard screams of its inhabitants. The regime has tried to silence the call of freedom by murdering over 70,000, injuring 320,000, imprisoning 160,000, making 850,000 refugees and caused over 1.5 million internally displaced people within Syria.
These people simply want freedom from a wretched, tyrannical regime that has ruled over them with an iron fist for over 43 years. As the second anniversary of the revolution approaches, the regime’s retaliation against the cause of freedom grows ever more brutal and bloody by the day. So show your solidarity and join us in the march marking the 2nd anniversary since the start of the Syrian Revolution.