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article imageSyrian Toronto Protesters: The march to freedom is irreversible Special

By Andrew Moran     Mar 19, 2012 in World
Toronto - In 60 cities across the globe, tens of thousands of people held protests against Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime. Hundreds gathered outside of Toronto's Old City Hall to urge an end to the mass murders that have taken place in the country for a year.
One day after two car bombs struck the intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital of Damascus, which killed at least 27 individuals and more than 100 were wounded, tens of thousands of people held demonstrations in 60 cities across the world in protest of Bashar al-Assad and his Syrian regime.
It was estimated that more than 300 people gathered outside of Old City Hall in Toronto for the “Global March for Syria.” The event, which was posted on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets, drew the likes of Syrians, Iranians, Afghanis, Canadians and many other people with international descent.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria s National Day of Action.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
The mid-afternoon protest included many Syrian flags with the word “freedom” posted on the lawn of Old City Hall and the lamp poles. People also carried various placards that stated, “The March to Freedom is Irreversible,” “Close the Syrian Embassy and Give us the Key to Make Syria Free” and “Russia and China Your Hands are Tainted with Syrian Blood.”
Throughout the demonstration, a group of seven individuals stood together with their hands tied up with yellow rope. Their white t-shirts sported the names of Syrian cities, such as Der Alzor, Aleppo and Damascus.
A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto s Old City Hall for a Syria...
A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
“It’s truly incredible to see so many people standing out here showing their solidarity with the Syrian people,” said Shaman al-Sazi, an organizer of Saturday’s event, which was followed by a chant that invigorated the crowd.
“As you all know it has been one year since ordinary Syrians took to the streets for the first time in decades calling for their freedom and dignity. Since then, over 8,000 people have died and many others have been tortured, disappeared and nearly a quarter of a million Syrians have been displaced from their homes.”
A Syrian flag with the word freedom on it posted on a lamp pole at the corner of Bay and Queen Stree...
A Syrian flag with the word freedom on it posted on a lamp pole at the corner of Bay and Queen Streets outside of Old City Hall in Toronto.
Following her remarks, there was a moment of silence to remember those who have perished since the uprising began. After the remembrance, there were chants of “Allah Akhbar!”
“The people are standing up,” said Mustafa Arab, speaking on behalf of the Canadian Syrian Council. “This is clearly a show of a sign that we’re going to have victory very soon.”
Towards the end of the demonstration, a person imitating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke to the crowd. One person shouted, “Pig!” while others began to chuckle.
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Syrian freedom flags planted on the lawn of Old City Hall in Toronto.
Syrian freedom flags planted on the lawn of Old City Hall in Toronto.
A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto s Old City Hall for a Syria...
A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria s National Day of Action.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
A Syrian protester shouting Farsi slogans during a National Day of Action demonstration outside of T...
A Syrian protester shouting Farsi slogans during a National Day of Action demonstration outside of Toronto's Old City Hall.
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