UK Syrian Campaign Groups Protest Outside Russia’s London Embassy  

Protests against Russia’s military involvement in Syria were held outside the Russian embassy in London on Thursday.

Activists from the “Syria Solidarity UK” group and “The Syria Campaign” gathered together to demonstrate against Russia’s plans to launch a military assault in East Aleppo. Members of the groups chained themselves to the gates of the Russian embassy in London, covered the pavement in front of the embassy with fake limbs and called on supporters to bombard the phone lines of Russian embassies with calls.

Responding to the protest, Russia’s London embassy officials complained in writing to the UK Foreign Office. The letter alleges that the “security of the Russian diplomatic mission in the UK was compromised. Police officers remained indifferent in the face of the openly provocative and disorderly conduct of the ‘demonstrators.’”

The Syria Solidarity UK group states that it is “a network of activists committed to solidarity with the Syrian Revolution.” The group supports the Anti-Assad revolution by the people of Syria, Syrians seeking refuge in the UK and the Syrian population’s fight against Islamic State.  

The Syria Campaign describes itself as “an open, global movement working for a peaceful future for Syria.” The group lists the use of peaceful protests as one of the tactics it will use to ‘tackle what the UN has described as “the greatest humanitarian tragedy of our time.” At the time of writing, The Syria Campaign group has over 235,000 supporters.

Details about the work of Syria Solidarity UK and The Syria Campaign can be found at: www.syriauk.org and www.thesyriacampaign.org    

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