The difference today is that the Assad regime’s brutality has only served to fuel the people’s calls for freedom and dignity.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 03, 2012
Today, United for a Free Syria (UFS) commemorates the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Hama Massacre that resulted in the brutal annihilation of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians.
In February of 1982, former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad initiated a brutal crackdown in the western Syrian city of Hama in order to quell an emergent uprising. The assault lasted for three weeks and Hama was effectively demolished. While the number of casualties has never been verified, estimates vary between 20,000 and 40,000 murdered civilians, including women and children.
Read: 1982: Syria's President Hafez al-Assad crushes rebellion in Hama
The Hama Massacre is widely recognized as the bloodiest event in Syrian history. This week, Syrians around the world have launched various efforts to commemorate its 30th anniversary. In a nationally coordinated event, Syrian American Council chapters organized rallies in cities across the U.S. in front of their respective Syrian consulates in remembrance of the Hama Massacre and in honor of those who were lost.
With regards to today’s Syrian Revolution, Amnesty International and a UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry have both declared that crimes against humanity are taking place. Amnesty International is urging the UN Security Council to “refer the deteriorating situation in Syria to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, freeze the overseas assets of President al-Assad and his senior associates, and impose an arms embargo.” Currently, negotiations concerning a resolution on Syria are in progress at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
UFS Chairman Dr. Yahya Basha stated,
“Hafez al-Assad was responsible for the 1982 massacre, but the Assad legacy of oppression and bloodshed continues in his son Bashar today. For nearly 11 months, the Syrian people have peacefully called for freedom, democracy, and an end to oppression. The people of Hama bravely stand alongside the rest of Syria. Bashar al-Assad has responded with a systematic crackdown in an increasingly desperate and wild attempt to silence the uprising as his father did 30 years ago. The difference today is that the Assad regime’s brutality has only served to fuel the people’s calls for freedom and dignity.
“As witness to the events taking place in Syria, the world bears the responsibility of ending today’s Syrian massacre.”
UFS is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting democracy, freedom and dignity for the Syrian people. UFS works to ensure that Syria becomes a thriving democracy and a model for its neighbors in the region.