Kurds in America Join Anti-Assad
Protesters in Nashville,
Tennessee waving Anti-Assad banners and Kurdish
flags. Photo: Mihemed Eli Zalla.
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February 27, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tennessee,— Kurds in the city
of Nashville joined hundreds of Arabs on Sunday in
demonstrations against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad.
People of Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian, American
and Kurdish origins took to the streets, calling for
the ousting of Assad and a democratic system in
Amidst shouting slogans of “leave us, leave us
Bashar” the angry protestors called on the US
government to help free Syrians.
“We need the help of the US army,” read one banner.
The demonstration was initiated by students of the
Middle Tennessee State University.
Adnan Alshamti, the spokesperson for the protesters
told Rudaw that the goal of the demonstration was to
raise awareness about the plight of the Syrian
people in Tennessee.
Alshamti said the presence of people from all parts
of the Middle East and ethnic backgrounds in the
crowd “shows that the world is standing united in
the face of the Syrian government’s oppressions.”
Waving a Kurdish flag in the front row, with her
6-years-old son, Banaz Ghareeb, an Iraqi Kurd told
Rudaw that she joined the protests to support the
Syria’s Kurds’ fight for freedom.
“I am here to raise awareness about the oppression
practiced against the Syrian Kurds and all the
Syrians,” said Ghareeb. “Our presence here today,
shows that the Syrian Kurds are not alone.”
Alshamti said through such demonstrations in
different American cities they are hoping to
pressure the US government to step in and do
something about the onslaught against Syrian
A group of Native Americans were also present among
Joe Black, a young American who was critical of his
own government told Rudaw that he closely follows
the news from Syria.
Black was concerned that not too many people knew
about the Syrian fight for freedom, saying, “two
western journalists get killed and its news
resonates throughout the world,www.ekurd.net
but hundreds of people get killed in Syria and many
people are oblivious of it.”
“I am here to change that and to support freedom,”
By Mihemed Eli Zalla
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