Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 30, 2011
This Sunday, thousands will rally in downtown Chicago in what is anticipated to be the nation’s largest rally yet in solidarity with the Syrian people. The rally is sponsored by major Syrian American organizations in addition to many human rights and activist groups.
Since the Syria demonstrations began in March, it is estimated that nearly 1,500 people have been killed, 2,000 wounded, 20,000 imprisoned, and close to 1,000 forced disappearances. The Syrian government has also denied access to journalists, human rights organizations and the UN Human Rights Commission’s mandated fact finding mission.
The Syrian government is using tanks and live ammunition on its people, and in some cities security forces have cut off water and electricity and have confiscated food.
Syria has been ruled by harsh authoritarian dictatorship for 45 years.
“The Syrian American community unwaveringly supports the revolution and we want the world to know about this peaceful campaign of civil resistance,” said Yaser Tabbara, a Chicago attorney and the Executive Director of the Syrian American Council. “We are calling on the Obama Administration to take an unequivocal position in declaring the Asad regime illegitimate and to put pressure on the international community and members of the UN Security Council to pass a resolution condemning the Syrian regime,” said Tabbara.
“We hope to raise awareness of the gross human rights violations taking place in Syria as we speak and we want Americans to stand by the Syrian people’s peaceful pursuit of freedom,” said CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Director Christina Abraham.
WHEN: Sunday, July 3 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm
WHERE: Downtown Chicago, 232 Ohio St. Chicago, IL
The event is sponsored by:
-Syrian American Council
-Syrian American Society
-Syrian Emergency Task Force
-Coalition for Free Syria
-Syrian American Foundation
-Syrian Expatriates Group