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Syrian-Canadians protest for and against al-Assad

by The Concordian April 5, 2011
Syrian-Canadians protest for and against al-Assad

In a two-sided affair, Syrian-Canadians showed both support for and opposition to Bashar al-Assad, the ruler of Syria. The two parties rallied on the corner of de Maisonneuve and Guy, the heart of the Concordia ghetto. The pro-regime supporters gathered in front of the Tim Hortons, while the anti-government protesters gathered across the street in front of the Java U. Al-Assad’s supporters were far greater in number and consequently much louder. The anti-government protesters stood there for nearly three hours in silence, symbolizing what they feel is an oppressive regime.

Wednesday’s Montreal protest echoes a wave of demonstrations in Syria calling for Al-Assad to step down. The same day, Al-Assad dismissed his cabinet in an attempt to appease the protesters. The Syrian leader had previously promised to relinquish his position. Al-Assad assumed the presidency in 2000, before which his father Hafez enjoyed a 29 year reign over the Middle Eastern country. Photo by Navneet Pall

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2 comments

Yusuf Al Baroudi June 24, 2011 - 13:34

OMG! This is epic!

The guy on the left used to go to my highschool! lol

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Moody Khayat June 30, 2011 - 19:47

i love how someones head fits in the handcuff

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