The Syrian Opposition Coalition on Thursday issued a press release to mark the ninth anniversary of the June 3rd massacre that the Assad regime’s security forces committed against peaceful protestors in Hama city this day in 2011. The massacre took place during Friday protests that activists dubbed “children of freedom.”
“Survivors of the massacre became eyewitnesses to what happened that day. Multiple testimonies, reports, photos and videos confirmed that dozens of peaceful protestors were killed at the hands of the Assad regime forces and the shabiha paramilitaries in Al-Assi Square in Hama when peaceful protestors suddenly came under a barrage of live fire. Hundreds more were injured,” the SOC said.
It pointed out that “the outbreak of mass protests in Hama city took the regime by surprise as it thought that the atrocious crimes it committed against people of the city thirty years ago; the slaughter of tens of thousands; and the destruction of entire neighborhoods would discourage residents of the city from joining the revolution.
People of the city, however, stood on the side of their brethren everywhere in Syria and showed unwavering support for the revolution.”
The SOC underscored that the “essential rights of the people are not subject to statute of limitations. Punishment is inevitably coming for everyone who shed blood of the innocent people. Lots of work and responsibilities are laying ahead.”
“We are confident that what is right will eventually prevail, and that the goals and demands of the Syrian people will be achieved, and that their aspirations are legitimate and supported by international resolutions.”
It added: “It is imperative that the international community assume its responsibilities for these resolutions to take effect.” (Source: SOC’s Media Department)