Ghouta two years after the chemical attack: Events around the world
Two years ago on August 21, 2013, the government of Bashar al-Assad used the chemical agent sarin to gas hundreds of Syrian civilians to death in Ghouta. Fast forward two years and the chemical attacks continue today. Barrel bombs packed with chlorine and explosives are routinely used on civilian neighborhoods. It’s not the chemicals that are killing most people however, it’s the bombs themselves. This week, over 100 civilians were killed and 500 were injured in aerial attacks on a market in Douma. Yet this time the world is completely silent.
To break the silence, we are asking people around the world to join or organise a #ClearTheSky action to show their support for clearing Syrian skies of bombs.
PLEASE INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO THIS ACTION AND DO THE FOLLOWING:
1) Join or organise an event in your community in memory of the chemical attack. Take a photo of you and others looking up at the sky and post them to this event. Spread the word to people around you by distributing flyers.
A list of existing events around the world (if we missed your event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update it straight away):
22 August, 13:00 – 14:00 PM
22 August, 8:00 PM
Pl Sant Jaume
22 August, 7:00 PM
21 August, 5:00 PM
Park in front of Economic Faculty Belgrade (Kamenička Street 6) – we are supporting Syrians for #CleartheSky – Global Day of Action on Second Anniversary of the Chemical Attacks on Ghouta.
21 August, 18:00 – 21:00 PM
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany
21 August, 1:30 PM
22 August, 2:00 – 4:30 PM
21 August, 7:30 PM
Galatasaray Lisesi Önü, Organisers: Hamisch
22 August, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Aalmarkt, Leiden. Please wear yellow.
Organisers: Het Syrische comite
21 August, 1:00 PM
Organisers: Syrischer Frühling – Adopt a Revolution
London, United Kingdom
22 August, 2:00 PM
We will assemble at 2pm in Trafalgar Square, before walking to Downing Street, please bring flowers to mourn the dead.
August 22, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Uscita fermata MM1 Rho-Fiera (entrata Expo2015)
Organisers: Comitato Siria Milano
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
21 August, 12:00 – 2:30 PM
New York, United States
21 August, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Times Square, (At the intersection off 44 st and 7th ave)
21 August, 5:00 PM
Mynttorget, Stochholm, Sweden
Organisers: Foreningen Syrien Sverige
21 August, 5:30 PM
Royal Ontario Museum
Washington DC, United States
21 August, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
The White House
Flyers you can use:
2) Even if you can’t join an event, change your profile picture on Facebook and Twitter to a picture of you looking up towards the skies. Use the #clearthesky hashtag. Copy paste this text below into the photo description (you can edit it to make it personal):
Here are 5 things everyone should know about what is happening in Syria today.
1 – The Assad regime is killing at least 7 times more civilians than Isis.
2 – More than 11,000 barrel bombs made of scrap metal and high explosives have been rolled out of regime helicopters onto hospitals, homes and schools since the UN banned them. They are the biggest killer of civilians. They drive extremism.
3 – These barrel bombs are the leading cause of displacement, forcing refugees to cross the Mediterranean and other borders.
4 – Many of the barrel bombs are dropped on areas under siege. More than half a million people in Syria live in areas with no access to food, water or medicine since 2013, including the areas of Ghouta that were targeted by the sarin gas attacks in the same year.
5 – The international anti-Isis coalition is flying in the same airspace where many of these barrel bombs are dropped, choosing to look the other way
There is no military solution to the fighting in Syria. But like in Bosnia, a no-fly zone can help protect civilians from the worst of the violence and encourage the fighting parties to come to the negotiating table.
Too many Syrians spend their days looking up at the sky, wondering when the next barrel bomb will drop and what it will hit. Today we look up in solidarity with all those who continue on, and call on all those with a conscience to join the call to #clearthesky.
Join hundreds of non-violent Syrian groups in asking for the international community to enforce the UN ban on barrel bombs with a Bosnia-style no-fly zone.