Headlines > Showing solidarity with Syria

Posted on April 26, 2017

Wesley Emmott reports on a protest in Trafalgar Square against the chemical attacks

Many of you will know about the chemical attack in Syria but, for those that don’t, there was a chemical attack by Syrian rebels where more than 80 people were killed.

There are disturbing videos of victims being sprayed to get the chemicals off them and children in hospital. The symptoms they suffered were similar to that of a nerve agent. Many witnesses and activists say warplanes had undertaken the attack.

There is strong evidence that the attack was done under the order of Syrian President Assad. However, Assad not only completely denies this, he also claims the chemical attack did not happen, that it was made up by the West so they could have an excuse to attack him.

Last Thursday, there was a protest against the attack in Trafalgar Square. I went along to cover the story with my mum. When she told me about what had happened, initially, I only knew vaguely about the situation. I can only imagine how painful it is to die from a chemical attack.

It made me feel happy to be there, to be around people ready to back their home in a time of crisis

It was my first time going to a protest so I was curious to see what it would be like. My mum and I got there quite early so we stuck around for awhile before people started showing up. I took some pictures.

There were signs for people to hold and there was a woman painting peace symbols on people’s faces. Some had signs, others had candles, a few waved the Syrian flag. I myself didn’t say much to anyone else and mainly stuck to taking pictures, as I’m not really used to being around too many people.

People stood behind a banner and were happy to be there, supporting a country that’s thousands of kilometres away. It made me feel happy to be there as well, to be around people ready to back their home in a time of crisis, and even those whose homes weren’t in Syria went to Trafalgar to give their support. This made me all the more glad I could be there.

As more people arrived, they arranged the candles in the shape of a heart, with ‘Syria’ in the middle, also spelt with candles.

Bad news is everywhere so it can be easy to skim over it. But just because you don’t see it happening doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. It’s important to notice these things if you want them to stop.

Wesley Emmott
Wesley is a media student and aspiring writer. He enjoys writing short stories and thinking up ideas for both fictional and non-fictional pieces in his spare time.

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