Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:53PM
As the Syrian unrest enters its third year, hundreds of Australian-Syrians have marched through the streets of Sydney demanding an end to the violence and the arming of foreign-backed militants there.
The ongoing unrest in Syria has claimed many lives, as foreign-backed militants continue to clash with the Syrian Army and attempt to topple President Bashar Al-Assad. The head of Syrian National Coalition, Moaz al-Khatib, has said that the opposition coalition is ready to negotiate with the government but the progress is slow and heavy fighting continues in cities like Damascus and Aleppo. Ripples of the unrest have also been felt in Australia for some time now. Over 150 people rallied in support of President Assad in Sydney on Sunday, blaming foreign powers for arming rebels and condemning Israel’s unilateral air raid on Syrian soil in late January. We need to emphasize the untold truth, the Israelis and Americans are saying that they took the airbase based on a convoy from Syria to Lebanon and that is so untrue, the fact is that these people…this is an aggression, this is a violation on the soil of Syria and this is reprehensible and we’re here to condemn that act, that is an aggressive act on the soil of Syria. The protesters voiced their support for the Syrian people who are suffering the trauma. Today we are Syrians, we are proud, we are here to show support for the Syrian Government and the Syrian Army, God bless Syria, God bless the Syrian Government, God Bless the Syrian Army. In the run-up to the rally, there was concern about any potential gate crashing from Anti-Assad protesters or scuffles with police. But the rally and subsequent march was peaceful and the mood optimistic that the crisis gripping Syria would eventually end. The Federal Government has warned that any Australian who fights in Syria is breaking Australian Law and could face up to 20 years in jail.