April 04, 2012

Today at the morning hours, the Syrian Security Forces captured five members of Syriac Party in Syria in the city of Qamishli and Malikiye. Syrian Security Forces continue to terrorise people and they realized raids to the domiciles for further arrests.

According to the latest information that we receive, five members, 2 women and 3 men, are at the gendarmerie of Qamishli. The identity of the five members is known to the Syriac Party in Syria.

Recently, Syriac Party in Syria had celebrated the 1st April (Akitu) Spring Festival in the in Syria with the present of Syriac Christians. Akitu Festival is traditional and cultural festival among Syriac people as the beginning of the spring.

European Syriac Union (ESU) strongly condemns this shameful arrest of the Syriac people in Syria. Arrested people did nothing against the rule of the country and they use only and basic right of assembly to celebrate traditional festival peacefully.

The Assad regime shows once more time its real face to the entire world with this unacceptable arrest of peaceful people.

ESU calls kindly to international community, regional powers and relevant actors to monitor this situation, staying sensible and acting with responsive way for the liberation of the five people.

We will keep you informed with up-dated and detailed information as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

PS: Following the arrest wave of members of Syriac Party in Syria, Syriac people in Qamishli organized peaceful and passive demonstration in front of the gendarmerie in which members were arrested. With the aim to release members of Syriac Party in Syria people came together while Syrian Security Forces attacked people in the manifestation and injured several people and also they arrested more people present in the demonstration. According to the latest news, Security Forces continue to attack people and try all means to disperse people.

For further information please contact:

Rima Tüzün
ESU – Head of Foreign Affairs
+49 176 628 70 683

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Date: 04/04/2012




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