A large number of protestors took to the streets in Aleppo, Dara’a and Damascus to demand the downfall of the Assad regime. The protestors called for freedom and dignity two days after a ceasefire had taken effect on Saturday.
Demonstrators held the flag of the revolution and placards condemning the heinous crimes of the Assad regime. The protestors demanded the lifting of sieges, the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need and the release of the detainees.
Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Hassan al-Hashimi called upon the United Nations to listen to the demands of the Syrian people. He said that the root-cause of what is going on in Syria is that the Syrian people demanded freedom and dignity, but the dictatorial Assad regime responded with brute force.
Hashemi warned that the Assad regime may step up its violations of the truce and target the peaceful demonstrations and civilian gatherings. He called on the UN Security Council and the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to take precautionary measures to protect civilians.
Member of the political committee of Suheir al-Atassi said that the Syrian revolution began as a peaceful movement but the state terror practiced by Assad’s security forces forced many soldiers to defect and join the Syrian revolution.
Meanwhile, the international Syria task force tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Syria held an urgent meeting yesterday in Geneva to discuss the regime and Russia’s breaches of the truce agreement.
The meeting came at a request by France whose Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that Russia and the Assad regime targeted the moderate opposition in violation of the truce agreement.
Activists on Monday recorded 43 regime violations of the truce, saying that the attacks left over 29 civilians dead, including three children and a woman. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)