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Protest raises awareness of Syria troubles
2:39pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
Dozens of Bradford people of Syrian descent held an hour-long silent vigil outside the city’s Alhambra Theatre, protesting the atrocities currently going on in their home country.
People of all ages, including several children, donned gas masks and held up signs showing some of the after- effects of alleged chemical attacks that took place in the capital Damascus late last month at the vigil on Saturday.
The protest came just a few days after the UK government voted not to get involved in any military intervention in the country.
Organisers said the world could not remain silent while thousands died.
The protest was held to increase awareness of what is happening in Syria.
Dr Mohammed Isreb, 31, a lecturer at Bradford University who was born in Syria, was part of the vigil, and said: “We are mostly Syrian ex-pats. The whole debate about Syria is becoming political, but what about the people who are dying?
“At the moment nobody seems to be doing anything, so we decided to have a one-hour silent vigil to try and raise awareness and get more people speaking out.
“This is a humanitarian crisis, something terrible is happening every day.”
More than 100,000 people are believed to have died in the two-year Syrian conflict.