Last week, Syria witnessed the bloodiest massacre so far in the Assad forces’ brutal crackdown on the Syrian opposition with more than 400 civilians killed in the town of Daraya.
The Syrian Revolution began on March 15, 2011 as a peaceful multi-ethnic, multi-religious movement calling for a free and democratic nation, and the overthrow of the oppressive Assad regime.
In response to the calls of freedom by the Syrian people, the Assad regime attempted to brutally suppress the revolution and punish the civilians through systematic murder, rape, detainment, torture and destruction. It is estimated that more than 20,000 have been killed in less than 18 months. The defections of military professionals led to the formation of the Free Syrian Army, which has grown into a network of organized brigades protecting the Syrian civilian population from the onslaught of the Assad forces.
While the media reporting on Syria has increasingly focused on the violent conflict of Syria’s “civil war” — a term that hardly begins to describe a conflict characterized by massacres of civilians and vastly outmatched rebels — the peaceful mass demonstrations have not ceased. The Syrian people, Christian, Alawite, Muslim, Druze and Kurd, continue to come together to call for basic liberties in the most honest of ways: peaceful demonstration.
This Sunday, September 2, we ask you to join them for a march and rally in Washington, D.C. Together with United to End Genocide and Amnesty International, Syrian-Americans will march from the Washington Convention Center and gather at Lafayette Square to call for an end to the violence in Syria.
Join us. Make your voice be heard.
Christy Delafield is the Program Director of the Syrian Expatriates Organization.