Syria 4 Years Revolution Anniversary Rally Around the World

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From “The Syrian Campaign”

Dear friend,

Syria needs all the support we can give it!

I’m not Syrian but I share the Syrian dream for change. Four years ago it didn’t begin with guns and mortars. Four years ago it began with peaceful calls for freedom.

I watched grainy YouTube footage of protests uploaded by citizen journalists with shaking voices. Hundreds of thousands of people were standing in places like Assi Square in Hama chanting for freedom and holding the longest flags you’ve ever seen in your life [1]. I saw footage of tanks rolling in to crush the protests and bullets entering protesters’ chests.

I heard the stories of amazing women who would bake sweets to give to army soldiers, coaxing them not to jail their sons and daughters.

I heard the stories of activists who formed underground committees to organize protests every Friday, using pseudonyms on Skype to avoid getting caught by the regime. So many of them were hunted down by the security forces and disappeared or killed. Like Ghiath Matar, or “Little Ghandi” who used to hand out roses and bottles of water to armed soldiers who came in to crush the protests. Ghiath was 24 and expecting his first child when he was abducted by the regime. A few days later, his lifeless body was returned to his family, bearing marks of torture [2].

What does it mean for our world when people are silent after thousands of activists like Ghiath meet their end this way? I don’t know, but it’s not a world I want to live in. What happens in Syria is a part of our shared struggle for a better world.

That’s why this Sunday I’m going to Martyrs Square in Beirut to attend a demonstration in solidarity with Syrians on the 4th anniversary of their uprising. I’ve added a list of events below marking this moment around the globe. Please join one this weekend if you can.

We can’t bring back any of the beautiful humans who died for their desire to be free. But we can honor them and make sure their aspirations live on forever. Let’s stand up and be counted this weekend for a peaceful and dignified future for our Syrian sisters and brothers.

No one is free until we’re all free!

Bissan

P.S. If you’ve organized an event and it isn’t listed, please reply to this email – it will be updated on this page.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwUrpE9zKFw
[2] http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/syrian-activist-ghiyath-matars-death-spurs-grief-debate/2011/09/14/gIQArgq8SK_story.html

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Belgium – Antwerp
Sunday 15 March, 7:30 PM
Groenplaats, 2000
https://www.facebook.com/events/784782701616129

Belgium – Brussels
Sunday 15 March, 6:30 PM
Place Flagey – Bruxelles – 1050 Région de Bruxelles-Capitale
https://www.facebook.com/events/884301298258436/

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Canada – Montreal
Sunday 15 March, 12:00 PM
Meet at Norman Bethune Statue (Rue Guy & De Maissonneuve)
https://www.facebook.com/events/396166310564006/

Canada – Ontario
Sunday March 15th 4-7pm
2233 South Millway, Mississauga, ON L5L 3H7
https://www.facebook.com/events/1412859885677082/

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France – Lyon
Sunday 15 March, 2015, 3:00 PM
Place de Terreaux
https://www.facebook.com/events/419582521544468/

France – Paris
Saturday 14 March, 3:00 PM
Place de la République
https://www.facebook.com/events/863608670347595/

France – Bonson
Sunday 15 March, 4:00 PM
Place François-Mitterrand – (face à la Mairie)
http://souriahouria.com/15032015-bonson-rassemblement-la-paix-et-pour-laccueil-de-refugies-syriens/

France – Bordeaux
Saturday 14 March, 4:00 PM
Place de la Comédie, devant le Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
https://www.facebook.com/events/386141388231848

France – Bourges
Saturday 15 March
“La Quinzaine Syrienne” – Rassemblement & Vernissage d’oeuvres syriennes
https://www.facebook.com/events/678102245631806/

Thursday 19 March
Conférence & Débat Animée par Hala Kodmani
https://www.facebook.com/events/861008467276071

France – Strasbourg
Saturday 14 March, 3:00 PM
Place Kléber
http://souriahouria.com/14032015-strasbourg-marche-en-solidarite-avec-le-peuple-syrien/

France – Toulouse
Saturday 14 March, 1:30 PM
Place du Capitole de 13h30 à 15h30

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Germany – Berlin
Sunday, 15 March, 3 PM – 6 PM
Alexanderplatz (an der Weltuhr)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1563941367180354/

Germany – Frankfurt
Saturday, 14 March, 2 PM – 6 PM
Kundgebung & Livemusik/Poetry-Slam/Infostand
Frankfurt Hauptwache
https://www.facebook.com/events/823007787772477/

Germany – Hamburg
Saturday, 14 March, 2 PM
Jungfernstieg am Flaggenmast
https://www.facebook.com/events/829826210399329/

Germany – Köln

Saturday, 14 March, 2 PM – 6 PM
Am Kölner Dom / Hauptbahnhof
https://www.facebook.com/events/919808194720810/

Diskussionsveranstaltung & Poetry/Musik
Samstag, 21.03.2015, Modemann Str. 3, 51063 Köln, 17:00 Uhr
https://www.facebook.com/events/740430326076781/

Germany – Stuttgart

Saturday, 14 March, 3 PM – 5 PM
Mahnwache & Infostand
Schlossplatz/Denkmal
https://www.facebook.com/events/401052140053906/

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Italy – Rome
Saturday 14 March, 2:30 PM
Piazza del Campidoglio
https://www.facebook.com/events/1684292321798001/permalink/1684672541759979/

Italy – Milan
Sunday 15 March, 3 PM
Via dei Mercanti
https://www.facebook.com/events/1552002118416159/

Italy – Genoa
Sunday 15 March, 3:30 PM
Genova Centro Storico, Porto antico

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Lebanon – Beirut
Sunday 15 March, 3 PM
Martyrs Square
https://www.facebook.com/events/795735293813777/800850396635600/

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Spain – Barcelona
Sunday 15 March, 12 PM
Pl. Catalunya
https://www.facebook.com/events/409697645859608/

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Switzerland – Berne
Saturday, 14 March, 2:00 PM
Waisnhausplatz, Berne

Switzerland – Lausanne
Conférence/Débat, 19 mars, 17h15
Lausanne, UNIL Bâtiment Geopolis, salle 2227
https://femmesdemoc.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/conference-debat-le-point-sur-4-ans-de-revolution-en-syrie/

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United Kingdom – London
Saturday, 14 March, 12:30 PM
March begins at Marble Arch, Hyde Park and end point is 10 Downing Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/720078538106887/

Buses available from Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Bradford, Swansea, Southampton, Cardiff, Glasgow

Thursday, 12 March, 3:00 PM
DocHouse: Syria Double Bill
Birkbeck Cinema
http://www.dochouse.org/film-screening/Best-of-DocHouse-SYRIA-DOUBLE-BILL/422

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United States – Arlington, Virginia
Friday 13 March, 6 PM
“An Evening of Art & Revolution”
Crystal Gateway Marriott
https://www.facebook.com/events/380023718843275

Saturday 14 March, 9 AM – 5 PM
“The Road Forward” Conference
Crystal Gateway Marriott
https://www.facebook.com/events/1382653072047778

United States – Washington, DC
12 March to 15 March: #TheRevolutionContinues
Full schedule: https://www.facebook.com/events/937170359641360

11 March to 15 March
200,000 Names – An Oral Memorial #HowManyMore
The White House
https://www.facebook.com/events/1400799146895472/

Sunday, 15 March, 11 AM to 2 PM
“United Against Assad & Isis” Rally
White House, Lafayette Park
http://www.mar15th.com/rally

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The Syria Campaign is building an open, global movement working for a peaceful future for Syria. We are people from all over the world who are coming together to tackle what the UN has described as “the greatest humanitarian tragedy of our time”.

Syria needs all the support we can give it!

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