POSTPONED: Oakland meeting–Syria: revolution and genocide, now in Idlib

March 10, 2020

Trying to be really safe, encourage the responsible reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the suggestion of our young high-school-age presenter, we decided to POSTPONE THIS MEETING.

When: Sunday, March 22,
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Niebyl-Proctor Library, upstairs
6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Two realities in Syria today compel human solidarity — revolution, human struggle against repression — and genocide, the absolute negation of humanity. Revolution is an attempt to develop humanity. It identifies with all freedom struggles as reflected in the dispatches on free radio and banners from Kafranbel like one that challenged the world, “If you are human, you have to care for the Syrian people. If you are human, support us to bring Assad down.”

The ongoing genocide is the result of nine years of global neglect and lack of solidarity with Syrians who want live free in their own country. Their only crime was to bring Arab Spring to Syria, to get rid of their entrenched fascist dictator, Bashar Assad. When they finally took up arms to defend themselves, after being gunned down in peaceful demonstrations by Assad forces, Syrians were winning until Putin’s Russia launched genocidal attacks, blanket air bombing of civilian housing, markets, schools and hospitals in one section of the country after another, helped by reactionary Iranian forces who slaughtered people on the ground. 500,000 Syrians have been killed. Half the Syrian population is internally displaced and 5 million are refugees, mostly in neighboring countries. The last refuge in Syria was Idlib province, where 3 million are now trapped near the Turkish border in the path of Assad’s forces. Where they can, demonstrators still come out en masse to demand Assad’s removal.

A message from Kafranbel, which recently fell, speaks to the future: “Teach your kids humanity before you teach them how to be strong, teach them that the purpose of power is to support humans not the opposite. This is the only way for the world to avoid having thugs like Assad and Putin and to avoid another Idlib crisis in the future.”

A panel discussion on the Leon Sedov Brigade, Syrian anarchist Omar Aziz, and News & Letters reports on Syria.

Free and open.

2 thoughts on “POSTPONED: Oakland meeting–Syria: revolution and genocide, now in Idlib

  1. I realize that much suffering has occurred in Syria but the attack on Putin (russia) , Iran. and assad (the Syrian government) deals with half the problem. also intervening are the current US government, Israel (Golan) ISIS and Saudi Arabia. They are all playing an active role in syria. I would need to understand why the article focuses only a side that I essentially support – Iran and Hexballah

  2. This is an event announcement, not an article. If you wish to educate yourself about the Syrian revolution and counter-revolution, and the involvement of multiple regional and global powers, please read some of our actual articles about it: https://newsandletters.org/?s=syria. It is a huge mistake to support the genocidal involvement of Iran and Hezbollah.

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