Miami's Arab Spring: Anti-Assad, Pro-Syrian Freedom Rally Downtown
Tyrannical Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad's goons would likely shoot, beat, or torture his countrymen for a similar action, but Miami's
pro-freedom Syrian-Americans are proud to flex their democratic right to
assemble and protest.
Sunday afternoon saw a pan-Arabian rally by Syrians, Saudis, Jordanians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, and other Americans at an anti-Assad rally at downtown Miami's torch of friendship decrying the reign of terror that has left thousands dead in the wake of tank treads, sniper fire, military brutality, search, and seizure.
Fists and flags
As packs of Heat fans crossed a thrumming Biscayne Boulevard headed for a game against the Magic, SUVs and sports cars blasting reggaeton honked their horns along to the energetic rhythms of the anti-Assad chanting.
A fire truck, and Ron Paul emblazoned vehicle did the same. Did the latter's driver know the crowd is calling for U.S. intervention in a foreign conflict? Apparently not.
But the visceral energy captivated many passersby who were likely ignorant to the ugly dictatorial military action taking place a world away. The Syrian government, led by the country's mystical Alawi religious minority, has taken to crushing opposition with a steel fist wrapped in Chinese, and Russian bought weaponry, while the U.N., NATO, and White House stand on the sidelines repeating Bill Clinton's misstep in Rwanda.
Syria, which imposes compulsory military service on its people, has seen masses of soldiers turn against it, as protestors in Homs, and Damascus rise up to refute the legitimacy of over 40 years of rule by the al-Assad family.
Bloody street action
In Miami, Syrian-Americans, some of whom left home decades ago, spoke of family members killed, disappeared, and otherwise brutalized in a country so ravaged by its own leadership that food, water, gas, and communication with the outside world are in short supply.
A poster bearing photographic evidence of the attack on the elderly parents of world famous Atlanta based musician Malek Jandali for his outspoken criticism of the regime spoke to its oppressive wherewithal.
Some Miami protestors refused to appear on camera, and many donned shades, hats, and face coverings.
One thing was clear though, they seek support from the outside world in the form of troops on the ground to quell the blood thirst of their country's Hitlerian visaged leader.
1945? Never again!
Here are some of the protestors in their own words:
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