Sol­i­dar­ity With the Syr­ian Strug­gle for Dig­nity and Free­dom

Change.org: Campaign of Global Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution

We, the under­signed, stand in sol­i­dar­ity with the mil­lions of Syr­i­ans who have been strug­gling for dig­nity and free­dom since March 2011. We call on peo­ple of the world to pres­sure the Syr­ian régime to end its oppres­sion of and war on the Syr­ian peo­ple. We demand that Bashar al-​Asad leave imme­di­ately with­out excuses so that Syria can begin a speedy recov­ery towards a demo­c­ra­tic future.

 

Since March 2011, Asad’s régime has steadily esca­lated its vio­lence against the Syr­ian peo­ple, launch­ing Scud mis­siles, using weapons banned by the Geneva Con­ven­tion such as clus­ter bombs and incen­di­ary muni­tions, and using aer­ial bom­bard­ment. The régime has detained and tor­tured tens of thou­sands of peo­ple and com­mit­ted untold mas­sacres. It has refused polit­i­cal set­tle­ments that do not include Asad in power, and it has polar­ized the soci­ety through strate­gic acts of vio­lence and by sow­ing seeds of divi­sion. The régime has also, since the early days of the upris­ing, sought to inter­na­tion­al­ize the cri­sis in order to place it within geopo­lit­i­cal bat­tles that would only strengthen the régime. Stay­ing true to the log­ics of an author­i­tar­ian régime, Asad could never accept the legit­i­mate demands of the Syr­ian peo­ple for free­dom and dig­nity. Thus, there is no hope for a free, uni­fied, and inde­pen­dent Syria so long as his régime remains in power.

This is a revolt that was sparked by the chil­dren of Deraa and the sit-​ins and demon­stra­tions of the youth in the cities, the peas­ants of the rural areas, and the dis­pos­sessed and mar­gin­al­ized of Syria. It is they who ral­lied non-​violently through protests and songs and chants, before the régime’s bru­tal crack­down. Since then, the régime has pushed for the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the Syr­ian non­vi­o­lent move­ment. As a result, young men took up arms, first out of self-​defense. Lately, this has resulted in attempts by some groups fight­ing the régime to force a cli­mate of polar­iza­tion, and nega­tion of the Other polit­i­cally, socially and cul­tur­ally. These acts that are in them­selves against the rev­o­lu­tion for free­dom and dignity.

Yet, the rev­o­lu­tion for free­dom and dig­nity remains stead­fast. It is for this rea­son that we, the under­signed, appeal to those of you in the global civil soci­ety, not to inef­fec­tive and manip­u­la­tive gov­ern­ments, to defend the gains of the Syr­ian rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, and to spread our vision: free­dom from author­i­tar­i­an­ism and sup­port of Syr­i­ans’ rev­o­lu­tion as an inte­gral part of the strug­gles for free­dom and dig­nity in the region and around the world.

The fight in Syria is an exten­sion of the fight for free­dom region­ally and world­wide. It can­not be divorced from the strug­gles of the Bahrai­nis, Egyp­tians, Tunisians, Libyans, Yeme­nis, and other peo­ples who have revolted against oppres­sion and author­i­tar­i­an­ism as well as against those seek­ing to usurp or destroy the upris­ings and divert them for their own agen­das. It is con­nected to the Pales­tini­ans’ strug­gle for free­dom, dig­nity and equal­ity. The rev­o­lu­tion in Syria is a fun­da­men­tal part of the North African rev­o­lu­tions, yet, it is also an exten­sion of the Zap­atista revolt in Mex­ico, the land­less move­ment in Brazil, the Euro­pean and North Amer­i­can revolts against neolib­eral exploita­tion, and an echo of Iran­ian, Russ­ian, and Chi­nese move­ments for freedom.

The Syr­ian rev­o­lu­tion has con­fronted a world upside down, one where states that were allegedly friends of the Arabs such as Rus­sia, China, and Iran have stood in sup­port of the slaugh­ter of peo­ple, while states that never sup­ported democ­racy or inde­pen­dence, espe­cially the US and their Gulf allies, have inter­vened in sup­port of the rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies. They have done so with clear cyn­i­cal self inter­est. In fact, their inter­ven­tion tried to crush and sub­vert the upris­ing, while sell­ing illu­sions and decep­tive lies.

Given that regional and world pow­ers have left the Syr­ian peo­ple alone, we ask you to lend your sup­port to those Syr­i­ans still fight­ing for jus­tice, dig­nity, and free­dom, and who have with­stood the deaf­en­ing sounds of the bat­tle, as well as rejected the illu­sions sold by the ene­mies of freedom.

As intel­lec­tu­als, aca­d­e­mics, activists, artists, con­cerned cit­i­zens, and social move­ments we stand in sol­i­dar­ity with the Syr­ian peo­ple to empha­size the rev­o­lu­tion­ary dimen­sion of their strug­gle and to pre­vent the geopo­lit­i­cal bat­tles and proxy wars tak­ing place in their coun­try. We ask you to lend your sup­port to all Syr­i­ans from all back­grounds ask­ing for a peace­ful tran­si­tion of power, one where all Syr­i­ans can have a voice and decide their own fate. We also reject all attempts of any group to monop­o­lize power, and to impose its own agenda, or to impose uni­tary or homoge­nous iden­ti­ties on the Syr­ian peo­ple. We ask you to sup­port those peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions on the ground that still uphold the ideals for a free and demo­c­ra­tic Syria.

To sign the peti­tion: https://​www​.change​.org/​p​e​t​i​t​i​o​n​s​/​s​o​l​i​d​a​r​i​t​y​-​w​i ​t​h​-​t​h​e​-​s​y​r​i​a​n​-​s​t​r​u​g​g​l​e​-​f​o​r​-​d​i​g​n​i​t​y​-​a ​n​d​-​f​r​e​e​d​o​m

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