They called it ‘The Global Day of Rage for Aleppo’. In cities across the world, demonstrators gathered on Saturday to denounce the all-out Russian and Syrian bombing campaign of residential areas in the war-shattered Syrian city that has left hundreds of people dead. In Berlin, demonstrators marched
in solidarity with civilians under fire. In Istanbul, people stood in silent protest, holding placards urging help for Aleppo.
That message and intense emotion were echoed on the streets of London where some 200 people took part in a march to oppose the air strikes.
Fears are growing of an even greater bloodbath with a full-on ground offensive in Aleppo looming.
As well as Russian air support, the Syrian army is being helped by hundreds of Iranian-backed militias who have arrived in Aleppo.
Addressing the international community, Abdelaziz Almashi, founder of the Syria Solidarity Campaign, said during the London march:
“When you see Bashar Assad and the Russians and the Iranians
committing crimes against humanity in Syria, violating international law,
and you are doing nothing to stop it, then you are part of it.”
Syria’s multi-sided civil war has killed hundreds of thousands of people, made half the
population homeless and allowed much of the east of the country to fall into the hands of ISIL.