Challenging pro-Assad event by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! Group

We attended a pro-Assad event hosted by the Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! group at Manchester University's Catholic Chaplaincy and made a number of interventions to correct the misleading narrative advanced by the group on Syria. Our two main points were to stress that what is happening in Syria is a revolution of the people against a brutal and corrupt dictatorship, as well as to point out Russian and Iranian imperialism as well as military interventions by Iraqi and Lebanese Hezbollah militias which are helping to prop up the Assad dictatorship. Through our interventions we were able to stimulate audience members' thinking on the issue and to have one of the panellists admit that Russia is an occupying force in Syria. We also distributed a brief fact sheet on Syria to educate the audience on the conflict.


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