Outside the Syrian embassy, Kuala Lumpur

Burning Assad

I had 32 hours in Kuala Lumpur and my principal interest was finding the Syrian embassy. I couldn’t deal any more with the disconnect between the atrocities documented every time I checked Twitter and the conversations I had with people around me when I surfaced from the internet: “What, there’s something going on in Syria?”

7800 martyrs, 500 children, 400 female

I didn’t know if there would be a protest and I didn’t know how to find out anyway; I just went, hoping that showing up on a Friday might increase my chances. I was right. Riot cops hovered around the periphery while flags, fists, placards and voices were raised. I caught only one or two keywords from the mainly Arabic speeches, but the pain, horror and outrage was clear. I had come here not only to show solidarity, but because I had reached a point where I desperately needed to be among other people who cared about what was going on. The attendees were mainly Syrian students, people directly impacted by the violence. A Somali who had just moved to Malaysia after twelve years in Syria told me of his classmate, Sardasht Ali, who was shot dead in the street, eighteen years old. He hoped to return to a Syria free of Assad. Insha’Allah.

All of Somali people with Syrian revolution

As the demo drew to an end, we headed back the way we had come, before a large group of Malay Muslims passed us by, heading too for the embassy following Friday prayers. A second protest, this time with locals showing their solidarity.

Malay Muslims demonstrate

And I wonder what it will take for white Westerners to pay attention and get angry now that there are no prominent fictional lesbians in the movement. Is the name Hamza al-Khatib as familiar to my peers as that of Amina? Hamza’s body was returned to his parents last year after he had been detained for protesting; they found that his jaw and kneecaps had been smashed, he had three gunshot wounds, he was covered in cigarette burns and his penis had been cut off. Whenever I see a photo of him, a smiling thirteen-year-old, my heart feels shattered. This is what the Assad regime does to kids. As one of the signs at the demo read: “The regime is committing massacre while the world is watching silently.”

Syria, Homs, the regime is committing massacre while the world is watching silently

Thank U Russia, your veto has destroyed us!

Shelling kills 100s of civilians in Syria

Stop butchering Syrian children

Russia, how many people do you want Syria to kill before you stop the veto?

Save Syria t-shirt detail

Libyan flags in support of the Syrian people

We never give up, victory is on horizon!

4 responses to “Outside the Syrian embassy, Kuala Lumpur

  1. Thanks for this…I put a link to this report on my FB update to tell people that even a tourist had the concern to show his solidarity. Bless you

    • Thank you, I was glad to get your comment! I will be back in KL soon and I will be outside that embassy again, though I wish I could go there for a better reason – to celebrate the fall of Assad.

  2. Hello look at this, maybe It can help you to understand more the conflict

    By the way you have a good taste of music because I find out you like the original version of Ya rayah :p


    • Interesting link, although I don’t believe any such evidence serves to cancel out human rights abuses committed by the Assad regime.

      Yes, I love Ya Rayah! I was also pretty excited to discover Ki An Se Thelo, a version of it by George Dalaras with Goran Bregovic.

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