- Category: International
- Published on Friday, 21 March 2014
- Written by Mark Boothroyd
The Syria Solidarity Movement is a new organisation created by Syrian and socialist activists after the conference “Syria in the context of the Arab Uprisings”. Its an attempt to provide much belated solidarity for the Syrian revolution from the socialist and workers movement in Britain.
We're currently trying to link up all the different student groups and activists who have been doing solidarity work on Syria in isolation, and build a cohesive movement which can begin to counter some of the slanders and lies which have dogged the Syrian revolution since it began.
The main one is that somehow what has happened in Syria isn't a genuine revolution, or that its revolutionary potential has disappeared following the escalation of the military conflict. This is false. In the liberated areas, which is between 50-60% of Syria, many local councils have been set up by the people to administer and rebuild their society. These councils are beset by massive hardships, they regularly come into conflict with some of the armed groups and face vicious repression from the regime, yet they exist and need support. It is the grassroots aid and relief organisations which have been sustaining the population in the liberated areas as they receive almost no aid from the outside world, relying on aid from the Syrian diaspora and Islamic charities.
We will do what we can to rectify this by promoting links between student organisations, trade unions and solidarity campaigns in Britain, and the civil opposition on the ground in Syria which still keeps alive the spirit of the revolution.
We have working groups for students, trade union activists, humanitarian aid and media. If you wish to volunteer for any, please contact us.
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