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2-Year Anniversary of Syrian "Day of Rage"

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Today marks the second year aniiversary of the day the Syrian revolution began in earnest with a "Day of Rage" demonstration by 200 protesters, inspired by other "Arab Spring" uprisings, gathered in the Syrian capital Damascus to demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down.    Assad's family had ruled Syria for over 30 years.

 

The protest lasted through April, when President Assad ordered Syrian forces to fire upon demonstrators, who were said to be unarmed.  After months of military sieges, the protest movement turned into an open rebellion.  Two years later, 70,000 men, women, and children have been killed, cities have been reduced to rubble, and millions left homeless.  Just this month the UN reported that over one million refugees are residing in neighboring countries, more than half of them are women and children.

 

According to Agence France Press, the Syrian Revolution Facebook page is asking people to take to the streets under the rallying cry "Two years of sacrifice towards victory."

 

Members of the European Union will gather for the final day of the EU Summit in Brussels to discuss lifting an arms ebargo to provide arms to the Syrian rebels, an action proposed by France and the United Kingdom.

 

A video of the March 15, 2011 "Day of Rage":