Syrian-Americans to Mark Five Years of Quest for Democracy in Homeland

When a small group of Syrian children in the city of Daraa witnessed the Arab Spring being played out in Egypt and Tunisia via their television sets, they decided to commit a small act of defiance by spray painting anti-regime slogans on a public wall.

“As-Shaab / Yoreed / Eskaat el nizam!”: “The people / want / to topple the regime!”

15 children were soon arrested by regime forces … beaten, bloodied and tortured.

Soon thereafter, thousands upon thousands of Syrian citizens took to the streets in a non-violent manner to protest against the regime of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Their demands were simple. They wanted democracy and reforms in a country long ruled by a dictatorship. The regime responded with sniper fire which soon escalated into what the world has witnessed over the past 5 years as one of the worst tragedies of humankind. Over 350,000 people have been killed, several million displaced, countless injured and imprisoned and city upon city annihilated.

The Syrian regime was joined by its allies -Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

Why 5 years and no victory for the regime? Because the will of the people fights on. The spirit of the revolution lives on. The pursuit of freedom and democracy continues.

As March 20th marks the official beginning of spring here in the United States, let it also serve symbolically as a day to reenergize our collective energies to continue to show our support of those in Syria who day in and day out risk live and limb in this pursuit. Join others on that day … this very Sunday as Syrian-Americans and friends gather at the Lincoln Memorial in our Nation’s Capital to honor those who continue on against all odds and to pay tribute to our brother’s and sisters … our children, our mothers and fathers who gave their lives in the name of freedom and democracy.

Rally will start at 11 am followed by march to The White House.

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