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On August 21, concerned citizens will gather to read the names of the 1429 Syrians who were killed on August 21, 2013 in the sarin gas attack in the Damascus suburbs of Ghouta. The chemical weapons attack was a gross violation of international law and President Obama’s “red line.” Over half of the victims of the Ghouta attack were women and children who died in their sleep. Since last year, the Syrian regime has launched other attacks on Syrian civilians using chemical weapons including chlorine bombs.
The reading will take place in front of the White House in protest of the international community’s failure to protect Syrian civilians for over three years from the indiscriminate attacks of a ruthless regime. Protesters will also form a human red line to protest President Obama’s failure to enforce an appropriate response against the Assad regime that he promised the Syrian people. Readers will recite the names from lists compiled from the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) in Damascus and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) in London.
We invite you to join us on August 21 at 12 pm to remember the Syrian victims of chemical weapon attacks. With every Syrian name read, another crime is exposed to the world, another name that cannot be ignored.
Over the past decades, over several genocides in different countries, the international community solemnly vowed: Never again. This August, we will remind the world of this promise to protect which is the right of every human on earth. We will remind them that no man, woman, or child should fear to be gassed to death by their governments.