Monday, 08 February 2016 14:31

Demonstration in Istanbul to Condemn Russia’s Aggression on Syria

Hundreds of protestors gathered on Sunday in the district of Beyoğlu in Istanbul to protest against the Russian airstrikes on Syria, especially on Latakia and Aleppo provinces. The airstrikes triggered mass displacements over the past few days, forcing tens of thousands of civilians in northern rural Aleppo and rural Latakia to flee towards the Turkish border.

Members of the Syria’s Turkmen for Education and Cooperation organization and the Syrian Turkmen National Movement participated in the demonstration to condemn Russia’s continued aggression on Syria.

The demonstrators chanted slogans demanding the end of the Russian aggression on Syria and an end to the killing of civilians.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Syrian Coalition said that “Russia is evidently practicing state terrorism against the Syrian people in favor of the authoritarian Assad regime. Russia is not going to change its policy in Syria; that is why stopping its crimes depends on the international community, which has so far been unwilling to act. The political process has been suspended as talks cannot be launched crimes are carried out against the Syrian people on a daily basis.”

The Syrian Coalition stressed that “the silence over the scorched earth policy deployed by Russia and the Assad regime will not cause the Syrian people to give up but will serve as greater incentive to continue until the goals of the revolution are achieved. Meanwhile, such a policy will further complicate the conflict, cause the death of more people and fuel terrorism and radicalization as Russia continues to ignore ISIS and targets innocent civilians.”

The Syrian Coalition called upon the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to condemn Russia’s aggression on Syria and to take measures in order to stop the continuing crimes against the Syrian people in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. “Action must also be taken to enforce Articles 12 and 13 of this resolution and to pave the way for a political transition in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012,” the Coalition’s statement added. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Anadolu)

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