Hundreds of protestors from South Australia’s Middle Eastern and African communities have called for Australia to take more refugees from war-torn Syria.
A crowd of about 300 men, women and children gathered on the steps of the South Australian Parliament, chanting “down, down, Assad down” and “stop bombing the children of Syria”.
Australians For Syria South Australian president and GP Assem Alwani said recent events in the besieged city of Aleppo had caused misery among Adelaide’s Syrian population.
“Everyone has watched on television what’s happened,” Dr Alwani said.
“What we are frustrated about is no one is stopping it.
“Everyone is unhappy to watch this sad, barbaric action, but no one is taking any action.
“If we had a group of dolphins near an island being killed, the whole world would know … but this has been going on for six years continuously killed on a daily basis [with] chemical weapons, the starvation … like the Holocaust.”
Dr Alwani said he wanted to see Australia’s intake of Syrian refugees urgently increased.
“We live in Australia for goodness sake. A country of free will,” he said.
“What we’re asking for it to increase the number of refugees that are coming to South Australia.
“Many of these people [protesting] are refugees themselves … and they see on television things going from bad to worse.
“We just couldn’t keep quiet about this.”
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