People in Canada including Syrians have poured to the streets in the city of Calgary to express opposition to a Western military intervention in Syria.
The protest took place on Saturday in the city located in the province of Alberta where protesters expressed support for the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and chanted anti-US slogans. “So because Bashar al-Assad is against Israel, that is why they want him down,” said a protester during the rally. Another demonstrator said, “Because Israel and America want to control all the world. (They) want to destroy Syria…. Because Syrians are very strong people.” The protesters carried banners that read “US, Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda, Hands off Syria.” During the rally, human rights activist Fatima al-Barri issued a statement saying, “The government of Canada …helped al-Qaeda in Syria. Al-Qaeda and al-Nusra [Front] are the same. The government of Canada helped them.… I need ask the government. I need the Canadian people ask the government. Why they are doing that?” The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus on August 21. Following the claims, the United States and a number of its allies were quick to engage in a major propaganda campaign to promote war against Syria despite the fact that Damascus has categorically rejected having been behind the attack. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.