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Tobias Nase
Tobias Nase

Location: Germany

Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy, Ukraine

Demonstration in Berlin, Germany: Syria and Russia United Against Terrorism

Islamist (pseudo-Islamic) terrorism against Russia has a long history starting from the conflict in Chechnya...

...and reaching to the latest events concerning the supposed bomb attack of the Islamic State on Russian Flight 9268. Since the Islamist uprising in Syria began in 2011, an estimated over 200,000 Syrians fell victim to the conflict and millions of Syrians were internally displaced or became refugees. On the 30th of September the Russian Aerospace Forces began air strikes on terrorist positions within Syria following the official request by the Syrian government. These air strikes have been welcomed by the Syrian population. Contrary to the US air strikes in Syria, which violated international law and even strengthened Islamist militias, the Russian attacks were able to give the Syrian army a strategic and military advantage in the fight against terrorism. The Syrian people, in their effort of fighting terrorism, appreciate the support of Russia. With Russia they found a partner that is able to stabilize the region and also has a long experience with the fight against Islamist terrorism. This appreciation was expressed by demonstrations of the Syrian communities all over the world.

A demonstration organized by the National Union of Syrian Students of Germany and its supporters rallied on the 31st of October 2015 in Berlin. It expressed support for the Syrian state and its army and also thanked the Russian government and people for their vital support. About 400 protesters expressed a wide range of solidarity between people of various nations. One might have only expected Syrian or maybe some Russian flags, but in fact the amount of different flags was overwhelming. The Syrian community saw this demonstration not only as a possibility to return the favor for Russian support, but as a demonstration of international solidarity between countries that support Syria's struggle against imperialism.

At the protest, one could find flags of Iran, Hezbollah, who are fighting shoulder to shoulder together with the Syrian Army and flags of the Peoples Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, which was thanked for sending military aid and instructors to Syria. The protesters also carried many other flags of various countries that supported Syria in the recent years including Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia and China. Some also carried posters with slogans against NATO and Western attempts to topple the Syrian government such as "NO to NATO! NATO is the enemy of culture, democracy, liberty!", "No to regime-change!" and "Europe do not play the victim, about what you did by yourself". From time to time spontaneous chanting broke out thanking Russia or Putin. A main banner with slogans in German and Arabic declared: "Russia and Syria united against US-imperialism, Zionism, FSA-fascists.", thereby exposing the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as the same lackeys of Western imperialism, much like the Islamic State. The banner also showed a big portrait of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, saying: "with Doctor Assad for peace".

The speaker, a Syrian of the National Union of Syrian Students criticized in his speech the USA for its airstrikes in Syria, blaming it for the even further advance of the Islamic State in Syria since the beginning of the US military campaign. At the same time he remarked that there are no so-called "moderate rebels" in Syria, but that they are in fact terrorists and he thanked Russia. The German chairman of the United Communist Party (VKP) Lothar Lothar Häupl expressed in his speech his dissatisfaction with the German government and its policy, saying: "He who sows war, fascism, poverty and oppression in other states must expect resistance and refugees." He added that the German government must immediately stop its financial and military support to the terrorists in Syria.

 Russians from Germany also joined the protesters linking the issue of NATO's and EU's agenda in Syria to the issue of eastern Ukraine and Donbass. This is not surprising considering the fact that some terrorists like the jihadist Sheikh Mansur battalion just left from Syria to Ukraine  to fight for the Ukrainian government against the people of Donbass. These Chechen jihadist fighters, as well as possibly others, were trained together with militants of the Islamic State and fought in Syria against the government and now they are fighting in Ukraine. So the protesters saw the Syrian issue, within a bigger geopolitical framework. Oleg Muzyka, an Ukrainian survivor of the infamous trade union house massacre in Odessa, was also amongst the participants, while other people were waving flags of Novorossiya.

The demonstration passed on its route by the US embassy and the German foreign ministry, where speeches were held. It ended at Brandenburger Tor, where some dozen bearded and mainly male supporters of the oppositional Free Syrian Army tried to confront the peaceful protest. The police separated the two sides from each other.

In the end the demonstration in support of the Syrian government was a full success for the protesters and the pro-Syria movement. A large community of people from different countries gathered to express its support for the Syrian people. Amongst these oppressed countries and their citizens there is an active form of solidarity. They are united in their active struggle against US imperialism and for self-determination.

If these smaller and oppressed states were truly granted equal rights to the US within the international community, there would be no war in Syria and also the chaos in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan could have been avoided. But as long as the USA continues to impose its global agenda on other nations, as long as these nations are not given an equal status within the international community, and as long as the voices of the few are not heard, chaos will prevail.

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