Yesterday the British parliament voted to join a US-led coalition campaign of bombing of towns across Syria and Iraq. Since the attack was launched in August 2014, between 700-2,000 Syrian and Iraqi civilians have been killed by coalition bombs.
Tonight, along with Oxford Students’ Arab Cultural Society, Oxford Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, Oxford Students’ Palestine Society, Oxford University Labour Club and Momentum Oxford, we gathered on Cornmarket holding candles to stand in solidarity with the people of Raqqa, Deir Ez-zor, Aleppo, Sinjar, Mosul, Haditha, Kirkuk, Kobane, Al Hassakeh, Baiji, Idlib, Mayadin, Al Anbar, Homs, Latakia, Mar’a, Ayn Isa, Nineveh and all the cities and towns across the Arab world facing bombing, with those who have been made homeless fleeing tyranny and those who struggle against it.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Raqqa and all the cities being bombed by the coalition. We salute their courage and stand for our common humanity and dignity. We mourn the dead and injured. We welcome the refugees to our homes and shores.