Today in Sydney Australia, an anti-Erdogan protest took place in response to Turkish aggression on Russia and Syria.
The protest was attended by the Trans-Baikal Cossack organisation, the Sydney Russian community, the Sydney Syrian community, the Hands Off Syria Organisation, the United Orthodox Brotherhood and many other individuals.
Al-Masdar News were at the protest to cover events.
Among a sea of Russian, Syrian and other flags, the protest begun at the Russian Consulate General. It made the short trip around the block to the Turkish Consulate General where chants of “Russia Yes, Nato No” and “Allah, Souria, Bashar Ou Bas” could be heard.
Scenes of solidarity could be seen among Christians and Muslims representing Australia’s secularism. This is the same secularism enjoyed under Assad’s rule in Syria.
Speeches by representatives of the Russian and Syrian communities could be heard denouncing Turkish aggression in Syria and condemning the attack on the Russian jet. Calls were heard to end Turkish involvement in Syria and end its aid to terrorist groups like ISIS and the Army of Conquest.
A representative of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party Sydney branch emphasised the need for Erdogan to quit his attempts of creating a neo-Ottoman Empire. Father David Smith then reiterated his thanks to god for giving the world Putin and Mother Russia to defend us from terrorists. He expressed his hope that they would return to true religion, be saved by god from their own actions and seek redemption.
Large banners stating “Syria Will Not Kneel”, “Stop Demonizing Russia” and “Hands Off Syria” could be seen at all times. This was complimented by placards of Putin and Assad.
With the conclusion of the peaceful demonstration, the protesters returned to the Russian Consulate and people dispersed. However, the reminder of the tragedy that occurred haunts the fence line of the Russian Consulate in Sydney.
P. Antonopoulos is currently a Candidate for an MA Degree, writing his dissertation on the Saudi-Iranian Geopolitical Rivalry in the Syrian War.
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