Gathering at Buchanan Street, 26th June 2011
The gathering in Glasgow today reached out to those who are oppressed in Syria. I spoke condemning the unacceptable and shocking violence the Syrian regime continues to apply to its citizens.
The EU has adopted sanctions on close relatives and business associates of the President Al - Assad over repression in Syria. Those responsible for the crimes and violence against civilians shall be held accountable.
A peaceful transition to democracy must be allowed to prevail.
A record number of MSPs back a motion on the violence in Syria, dated 1st July 2011.
*S4M-00459 Sandra White: Scotland for Syria—"That the Parliament condemns the brutal use of force by the Assad regime against peaceful demonstrators, many of whom are elderly or very young children; particularly condemns the use of battlefield weaponry against civilian populations and what it considers to be a deliberate policy of the Assad led government which has so far led to the deaths of over 1,300 civilians and the severe injury of many more; believes that President Assad can no longer play a positive role in any discussions on the future of Syria and calls for the President to recognise this, put the wishes and hopes of the people of Syria first, and step down without further delay."
Update on 18th September 2011: European Union expands sanctions against Syria - http://en.rian.ru/world/20110823/166086337.html