SAC Denounces Assad’s Speech and Calls for Immediate Action to End the Bloodshed

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The Syrian American Council (SAC) today denounced Tuesday's speech by the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, in which he vowed to respond to threats against him with an "iron fist" and refused to step down despite the ten-month uprising against him.

Assad has shown his complete disconnect from the Syrian people’s aspirations for freedom, dignity and democracy and his determination to cling to power at any price.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) today denounced Tuesday's speech by the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, in which he vowed to respond to threats against him with an "iron fist" and refused to step down despite the ten-month uprising against him. Once again, Assad has shown his complete disconnect from the Syrian people’s aspirations for freedom, dignity and democracy and his determination to cling to power at any price. He continued with his denial of his role in the bloodshed and cited the same baseless claims that the uprising is a result of a foreign conspiracy and that terrorists are behind the protests.

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In a statement, SAC President Dr. Talal Sunbulli responded to his speech, “After ten months of protests and the regime’s continued violent crackdown against peaceful protesters, Assad’s speech demonstrates that he is out of touch with reality and out of touch with the people’s aspirations. We condemn Assad’s brazen statement to the world that he intends to continue the crackdown. The international community has the moral and legal obligation to protect the Syrian people from this tyrant.”

In a response to the Syrian dictator’s speech, SAC urges the Arab League to immediately transfer the Syrian file to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take action. SAC also urges the Obama administration to request a UNSC emergency meeting to take the necessary action to stop the bloodbath in Syria, including the establishment of safety zones and humanitarian corridors to protect civilians. SAC believes that to continue silently watching Assad’s bloodbath without acting to save innocent lives is no longer an option, and that immediate intervention to stop this despot is imperative.

Additionally we call on for an immediate referral of the UN Human Rights Council report on crimes against humanity including torture by Assad, senior officials and security officials to the International Criminal Court. After ten months of delay and inaction, the world can no longer watch in silence. The bravery and sacrifices of the Syrian people should not be in vain.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria. The organization has represented Syrian Americans to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.

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Rashad Al-Dabbagh
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