President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas Abdah, on Wednesday delivered a televised speech to the Syrian people on the current economic conditions and the imminent implementation of the Caesar Act to protect civilians which is due to begin on June 17.
President Abdah praised the renewed anti-regime demonstrations and the slogans the protestors are chanting. He said: “The recent revival of anti-regime demonstrations has profound implications in terms of the slogans being chanted and the region these demonstrations are taking place.”
He saluted the heroic youth of Suwayda, Dara’a, Idlib, Damascus, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, and of all other Syria cities and towns.
“The responsibility for the suffering of the Syrian people and the collapse of the economy lies squarely with Bashar Al-Assad and his clique. They are to blame for everything that befell Syria and which is befalling it now.”
President Abdah went on to say that “the Assad regime has given in Syria’s major assets, economy, and future to Russia and Iran through humiliating agreements for which the Syrian people are paying a heavy price and for this gang to remain in power.”
“This thuggish regime is collapsing. What we are witnessing today is a prelude to the birth of a new Syria that will be based on the values of freedom, dignity and prosperity. We all need to rise to this challenging and show a high sense of responsibility for the sake of our people and the future of our children.”
He pointed out that the revolution aims “to re-empower this people to regain their freedom and decision.” He added: “Today the Syrian people, from all affiliations and backgrounds, have a real opportunity to shape the future of Syria which we all aspire for.”
“Syria was once a source of exports to the world, but now over 85% of its population are below poverty line. More than 11 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.”
With regards to the Caesar Act, President Abdah said: “The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act exclusively targets the interests of the regime, its security agencies, senior figures, and whichever countries, institutions, and individuals supporting it.”
“It will prevent those criminals from taking advantage of the veto that has long blocked action on the UN Security Council. Caesar Act does not target civilians but rather protects them as it excludes food supplies, humanitarian and medical assistance.”
He added: “We in the forces of the revolution and the opposition say it loud and clear: Our goal is not to come to power, but to help the Syrian people freely choose its leadership.”
“We have been reviewing these agreements and treaties and assessing their impact on the future and independence of Syria as they were reached by an illegitimate authority.” (Source: SOC’s Media Department)