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In one of the most significant, recent displays of solidarity with the Syrian revolution, Syrian activists organized a day of protests around the world, as well as across liberated areas of Syria. Last Saturday, October 14, in what was called the “Syrian Day of Rage,” hundreds of protesters worldwide called for accountability for Syrian, Russian, and American war crimes and reiterated the revolution’s complete and total rejection of any resolution that keeps Bashar Al Assad’s regime in power.

In Idlib, Rustan, Douma, Eastern Ghouta and several other cities held by the Syrian National Coalition, the opposition governing entity, Syrians held large demonstrations. Internationally, protests took place in Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Berlin, London, and other metropolises. Some protests were held in front of Russian embassies to condemn Russia’s involvement in war crimes committed against Syrian civilians. Protestors also condemned inaction from the international community after the chemical attacks in Ghouta and Khan Shaykhoun, as well as U.S.-coalition airstrikes, which have killed hundreds, and perhaps over a thousand, civilians, in service of the fight against ISIS.

Despite these Day of Rage demonstrations, the original, organized opposition that rose up against Assad in 2011 has little hope of unseating the dictator. Parts of the country that were liberated and governed by the Syrian National Coalition, namely Aleppo and Homs, are now entirely within the regime’s control, leaving only certain suburban areas of Aleppo and Damascus governed by the coalition. In recent days, the eastern city of Raqqa, which has served as ISIS’s de-facto capital, has also reportedly been retaken by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with help from U.S.-coalition airstrikes.

Over the past six years, the Assad regime has continually barrel bombed civilians and created fertile ground for the rise of violent groups, like ISIS and Al Nusra. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and millions have been displaced. Despite all this, the Day of Rage demonstrations highlight how the revolutionary spirit of 2011 remains very much alive.

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