Martyrs, beacon for Syrians to continue sacrifices

More than 100 years ago, the Syrians revolted against the tyranny of 400 years of Ottoman occupation, with the occupiers using all forms of crimes to terror and deter the Syrians from fulfilling their goals in freedom and independence.

Since the Othman Empire had lost the World War I, it adopted a policy to oppress and replace all forms of nationalism, even if that meant annihilation of a number of the region’s peoples. Yet, the Syrians remained firm in their adherence to their identity, language and civilization, with an increased awareness on the importance of culture and nationalism and more secret meetings and forums to discuss methods of countering and overcoming occupation.

The story of the Martyrs Day dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when Arab political figures and intellectuals started speaking of Arab nationalism. The Arabs' demands were of a reformist nature, limited  to autonomy, use of Arabic in education, and changes in conscription in the Ottoman Empire in peacetime for Arab conscripts that allowed local service in the Ottoman army. The Arab calls for independence reached peak with the holding of Arab Conference in Paris, 1913 under the leadership of intellectual Abdul Hamid al-Zahrawi. They produced a set of demands for greater autonomy within the Ottoman Empire. However, the Ottoman authorities launched a wide scale arrest campaign against Arab intellectuals and people turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the Arab legitimate demands.

On May 6, 1916, Jamal Pasha publicly executed twenty-one Arab intellectuals and politicians simultaneously in Damascus and Beirut for alleged anti-Ottoman activities. The date, May 6, is commemorated annually in both countries as Martyrs' Day. Since then, Al-Marja Square began to be known as Martyrs Square in memory of martyrs who are the noblest of mankind and the most generous people. Jamal Pasha’s oppression did not force the Arab people to halt their unabated resistance to the Ottomans and they pressed ahead with their struggle until they forced the Ottomans out of their homeland ending a four century occupation. However, the Arabs fell under a new conspiracy represented by the ill-famed Sykes-Picot Accord which divided the Arab countries between Britain and France as if they were their inheritance. Once again, the Arab people started a relentless struggle until they won independence.

Martyrs Day is a call for going forward in fighting against aggression and dangers facing the homeland. Syrians are offering sacrifices in their fight against terrorism and Erdogan’s and some Arab regimes-backed Takfiri plot targeting Syria’s security and stability.

The path of martyrdom is the only one to have victory and the Syrian army is the hope for liberation. As the war on Syria enters its seventh year, the 6th of May brings to mind stories of heroism, glory, commitment and all sacrifices that the Syrians have made to defend the independence of their homeland and its territorial integrity over the years.

Nowadays, the Martyrs’ Day is an opportunity to honor and pay tribute to all Syrian mothers and their sons for their sacrifices to confront the terrorist war waged on their country since 2011.

 Martyrs have become a beacon to the Syrian people to continue sacrifices to achieve victory and preserve Syria’s dignity and sovereignty.

Martyrs and martyrdom memory consolidate the confidence to go forward in the struggle against terrorism, confront any aggression, restore the rights and to liberate the occupied land.

Martyrs’ Day is an occasion for inspiring the meaning of sacrifices and continuing the march of struggle for liberating the occupied Syrian Golan, achieving new victories, eliminating terrorism and restoring security and stability to all Syrian areas. Martyrs’ Day is also an occasion to promote the culture of resistance and the values of martyrdom and to strengthen the confidence in the Arab fighters away from frustration and despair.

K.Q.

 

Undaunted by the immense challenges

May 1st is a day that represents a symbol of the unity and solidarity of the world’s workers and their common struggle against all sorts of exploitation, racism, injustice, terrorism, and persecution.

On May Day Syrian people nationwide express pride in Syria’s workers for their commitment to their duties and doing their part in defending Syria. The working class in Syria has shown creativity in overcoming difficulties and realizing development plans in the face of attempts to undermine the Syrian state. The working class has made great sacrifices for the sake of Syria, and it’s moving forward by embracing technological advancements and new economic and industrial standards.  The working class is the most giving group in society, and it plays a special role in the construction process that allows the nation to endure and rise up. Workers in Syria have been targeted by the conspiracy against Syria along with the country’s factories and infrastructure as the workers and the establishments they work in are Syria’s lifeblood.

Undaunted by the immense challenges spawned by the ongoing terrorism crisis, Syria’s workers stress they are now resolved more than any time before to continue performing their national task, notwithstanding its enormity.  The huge challenges facing Syria beget more adherence to national unity and resoluteness to overcome all problems that hinder the development of the country.

Despite all the destruction, vandalism, and theft carried out by terrorists, the production process is still going on in Syria’s factories thanks to Syrian workers.

Syrian workers celebrate today Labour Day with more determination to take part in the battle of rebuilding and reconstruction  and fighting takfiri terrorism which plagued our country over the past six years with the aim of implementing a Zionist agenda that aims to weaken Syria and destroy its infrastructure.

Targeting the infrastructure, which has been constructed by the great efforts of the workers, will not dissuade workers from exerting all efforts to reconstruct what has been sabotaged and destroyed by the armed terrorist groups over the past three years.

Labour Day comes this year while Syria is still facing a vicious global war and conspiracies led by the US, Israel, and western governments and the Arab petro-dollar states.

The Labour Day is an opportunity to highlight the sublime values of devotion, faithfulness construction and production, which are all embodied in the Syrian workers who have always contributed to enhancing work quality and overcoming all obstacles that impede the development process.

The anniversary holds lots of meanings and indications, especially as Syria is facing systematic sabotage acts with repercussions on all aspects of the lives of citizens. Despite six years of terrorist war waged against Syria, the majority of the Syrian institutions are carrying out their duties under difficult circumstances defying the takfiri terrorism which has been supported by the US, its European allies and regional and Arab petro-dollar states. Syrian people, armed with the bravery of its army, steadfastness of its workers and the blood of martyrs have been able to foil the conspiracy and confront the global war being launched against them.

The working class has been given top priority in Syria in appreciation of its pivotal role in achieving sustainable development in all aspects of life. On this occasion, reference should be made to the workers’ role in improving the development process, increasing production, carrying out reconstruction work and improving the citizens' social, economic and political conditions. The working class has played a vital role in creating economic, social and development changes in all aspects of life and strengthening the state's capabilities. Syrian workers performed admirably during the crisis, confronting the economic war against Syrian people and strengthening national economy with their determination to keep working and giving despite the difficult circumstances created by the global war against Syria.

On this occasion, Syrian people  reiterated faith in the role of workers in consolidating national unity and confronting internal and external challenges, on top of which the US-Zionist aggression backed by their regional tools and Arab petro-dollar states.

K.Q.

 

 

 

UN must lead battle against ‘pandemic’ of fake news & disinformation – Russian FM spokeswoman

The UN should create a set of international rules to help stop the pandemic of fake news and Cold war-style disinformation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a session of the UN Committee on Information in New York.

“Our delegation proposes the UN to define a strategy for battling fake news and disinformation. Russia will be ready to fully support this initiative which is extremely important for developing a healthy environment for news reporting,”Zakharova said at the 39th Session of the COI on Tuesday, RT reported.

Independence relentless struggle, inexhaustible source of inspiration for defeating Takfiri terrorism

 As the Syrian people celebrate the 71st anniversary of the Independence Day, they are more determined to step up their struggle against takfiri terrorism and its supporters.

This year's celebrations co-incided with landslide victories realized by the heroes of the Syrian Arab army against al-Nosra and ISIS terrorists in different Syrian areas.

The National Independence Day has been an honorable stage in Syria’s modern history. As we celebrate the 71st anniversary of Independence Day, we remember with great pride the sacrifices of our fathers and forefathers who refused to bow or surrender.

The struggle of the Syrian people started immediately after the decision of the French army to enter Syria. Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the colonialist states represented by France and Britain, immediately divided the Arab homeland between them according to the notorious Sykes Picot Agreement as if it were its inheritance.  France took Syria under its sphere of influence and issued the ill-famed Guru Ultimatum before sending Guru himself to occupy Syria.

US aggression against Syria a “generous gift” to the terrorists

From the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, the US support for the takfiri terrorists has been crystal clear through providing them with weapons to kill Syrian people and destroy Syria's infrastructure.

The US stance was and remains committed to supporting the terrorists in Syria to achieve the Israeli goals and to weaken Syria. The US Congress has just passed a bill allowing Washington  to send shoulder-mounted anti-air systems to terrorists in Syria.

The main objective of the  US aggression on Syria is to weaken the Syrian Arab Army. The United States threatens security and peace not only in the region but also in the world which will have serious repercussions on the international situation.

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