Save Aleppo – A weekend of action


The unbearably dire situation in Syria in general and currently in Aleppo in particular, demands a massive and emphatic response from the street. The violent and brutal repression of civil-society resistance in Syria is an attack on civil-society activism everywhere.
Please support this demo on Saturday, October 1st at 2pm at the GPO/Spire in Dublin. This demonstration has been organised by the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement with the support of peace campaigner Brendan Butler. If possible, please wear or bring red and please share notice of this demonstration widely in any way you can.


Bombardment of Aleppo – Protest Rally – Saturday 1st October, 2pm – Dublin GPO/Spire

This is advance notice of a protest rally to be held on this coming Saturday, October 1st at 2pm at the GPO/Spire on O’Connell Street in Dublin. This rally is in response to the dramatically worsening situation in Syria in general and Aleppo in particular since the collapse of the recent so-called ceasefire.

We will provide more details later but please try to spread the word as soon and as widely as you can. The revulsion that many of us feel towards the events there needs to be expressed in a mass demonstration to be of consequence.

I don’t exist; Aleppo is hell. by Gianluca Costantini


The Guardian and Irish Times calling for international mobilisation to protect Aleppo from Assad and Putin

The Guardian view on the battle for Aleppo: stop it now

The Irish Times:  Syria: Aleppo has become a ‘new Srebrenica’. Inhabitants right to see indifference to their destruction as a betrayal



Letter to the Irish Times Editor on June 29th, 2016 (unpublished): Re: Abandonment of UN Neutrality in Syria

Dear Sir,
Members of the Oireachtas were briefed yesterday on a damning report which roundly condemned the UN for taking sides in the Syrian conflict and diverting billions of Euros in aid to areas controlled by the Assad regime. Maureen O’Sullivan TD at the request of the Irish Syrian Solidarity Movement organised the informal briefing at which Roger Hearn, the former head of the UN Relief & Works Agency in Damascus, and one of the key informants behind the report, spoke to TDs and answered questions. The main conclusion from the briefing is that Irish taxpayers through our contributions to the UN are helping to fund Bashar al-Assad’s brutal war against his own people. This is because it allows him to effectively weaponise starvation in denying UN humanitarian aid to the almost one million Syrians under siege. This situation is a direct violation of Irish neutrality in that Ireland is now taking sides in the Syrian conflict. The UN has let us down in abandoning its mandated neutrality in capitulating to Assad’s demands, especially in vetoing aid to besieged areas.

The 54 page report titled ‘Taking Sides’ was signed by 50 civil society organisation in Syria and offers clear evidence the UN has tarnished its legacy and facilitates the Assad regime’s brutal starvation sieges on opposition held areas. Irish taxpayers have been made complicit in this starvation war against innocent civilians through our generous contribution through Irish Aid to UN humanitarian operations. We call on the government to immediately demand that UN secretary general end this violation of UN neutrality and ensure aid is delivered to the one million Syrians under siege by food air drops if necessary.

Yours sincerely,

Irish Syria Solidarity Movement

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