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

Stop the massacre… Time for action

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.

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  1. David Ayrton
    March 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm · Reply

    If we truly support the Syrian people then should NOT side with those who are aligned with US, British and other imperialist powers to bring about regime change (based on a similar model to Libya). In fact the ‘Syrian Revolution’ that these counter-revolutionary ‘anti-capitalists’ support, is indeed the COUNTER-revolution. This counter-revolution is already bringing about the persecution of religious minorities and will leash a world wind of terror against progressive and secular forces if it is successful.

  2. David Ayrton
    March 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm · Reply

    See which side Mark Booth lines up with:
    France backs ending EU arms embargo on Syria

  3. David Ayrton
    March 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm · Reply
    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez criticises west over Syria – video

  4. March 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm · Reply

    Key figures within the foreign-backed National Coalition have left following the election of Hitto as premier-in-exile. As I point in my article on, Hitto is “expected to do a first in history: establish a technocratic government abroad to rule a country in the middle of a civil war.”

    Not enough attention is being given to the secular, Syrian-based opposition. Read about their statements and stance, as well as a report on the opposition fractions on my site.

    • March 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm · Reply

      Not enough attention is being paid because the main aim of “left” commentary re: Syria is to smear the revolution as Islamist, Western/Saudi-backed, sectarian, and foreign-engineered. Pointing out the factual errors in the Assad-ist narrative does not matter when that is the aim.

      • March 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm · Reply

        The National Coalition is exactly all of the those things you just named – Islamists (sectarian), foreign-backed, etc. The West, Turkey and Gulf states are trying to create a revolution to their own liking.

        The NCB is against both the tyrant Asad and sectarians who want to bring in foreign domination of Syria. We should escape from this mentality that just because the National Coalition is against Asad they are “good”.

        • April 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm · Reply

          @ Crveni Talas re National Coalition. Not true. The National Coalition (just like the NCB) is not a cohesive body but contains several currents – the old Syrian National Council (dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood) but also the Syrian Revolution General Commission, which is one (and probably the most authoritative) representative of the grass roots civil opposition, and, of course, Moaz al-Khatib who is something of a force unto himself.

  5. April 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm · Reply

    Only spotted this thread late in the day: but good to see someone who knows what side we should be on when faced with a popular uprising against a repressive dictatorship (even if it has been forced into a tight corner by the regime’s ruthless repression). Hope the demo went well.
    The left needs to get out of this barren, dead end approach of reflexively opposing something just because imperialist forces have decided to try and appropriate it. We need to employ some principles and rational thought to make a concrete analysis of a concrete situation.

  6. June 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm · Reply

    Given the fall of Qusayr to the foreign intervention of Hezbollah jihadists, it’s imperative to begin campaigning immediately in Britain to arm the opposition since a vote in the House of Commons is coming on this issue. My suggest slogan: “End the slaughter, arm the people.”

    Mark knows how to get touch with me if he wants to follow up. 🙂

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