Harpal Brar of the CPGB-ML spoke at the Hands off Syria meeting held in London on 20 September 2012.
He pointed out that, having been powerless to stop the overthrow of their allied stooge regimes in Egypt and Tunisia – the real Arab spring – the imperialists have been quick to try to turn the situation to their advantage, presenting their agents in Libya and Syria as leaders of phoney ‘popular uprisings’ and funnelling huge amounts of money and weapons to them in order to facilitate the overthrow of progressive governments that have long been a thorn in imperialism’s world domination plans.
Faced with the determined stance of the Syrian masses and their leadership, however, and with the principled opposition of Iran, Russia and China, imperialism has dusted off its filthy manual of proxy war for Syria.
All anti-imperialist, anti-war and democratic-minded people and organisations must stand firmly with the right of the people of Syria to control their own leadership as a sovereign and independent state free from outside and terroristic interference of Nato and its ‘Free Syria Army’ (FSA) proxies. Self-determination is the most basic of democratic rights.
Defending Syria at the present time means defending President Bashar al-Assad, the elected and popular president.
Long live the Syrian people and their popular leadership!
Death to the FSA terrorists! Death to Nato!