Syrian refugees in France on Sunday held an event to commemorate the fallen hero Abdel Basset in Paris, stressing that his death will be a beacon of their revolution and that they will not give up until freedom and democracy prevail in Syria.
The event begun with a video message by Sarout’s friend and prominent activist Hadi Al-Abdullah who vowed to continue down the path of his late companion. He urged all Syrians to proceed in this path until victory is achieved and freedom as well as dignity are regained. He pointed out that this is not his message, but that of Sarout’s mother who said that she saw her son in the face of every Syrian young man.
Participants in the sit-in chanted the slogans that Sarout used to sing and which inspired millions of Syrians such as ‘I yearn for freedom,’ and ‘my homeland the paradise.’ Poet and diplomat Noureddine Labad recited a poem paying tribute to the fallen hero Sarout. The event also included the screening of videos about Sarout before the participants marched towards a square in Montreuil suburb.
On Thursday, hundreds of Syrian refugees gathered in several German cities to pay tribute to Sarout, including in Dortmund and Hamburg in northern Germany. Hundreds of Syrian refugees also gathered in the capital Berlin to commemorate Sarout as they reaffirmed commitment to the revolution until all its goals are achieved. They also chanted slogans demanding the overthrow of the Assad regime.
For its part, the Syrian Coalition mourned Sarout, who was known among Syrians as ‘the guardian of the revolution.’ The Coalition described Sarout as one of the truest symbols of the Syrian revolution. It stressed that through “Sarout’s message of sacrifice and giving, we remember the fundamental goals of the revolution for which Sarout fought along with the rest of our fallen heroes, namely the goals of freedom, justice and equality.”
Born in the city of Homs in 199, Sarout was a popular football player before his local club Al-Karama dismissed him because of his support for the revolution in early 2011.
Sarout led the anti-regime demonstrations in his hometown before taking up arms against the Assad regime forces in 2013. He died on June 8 from injuries sustained in battles against the Assad regime in the countryside of Hama. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)