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Saturday 1 August 2015

Ghouta: Marking the 2nd Anniversary, 22nd August at 2pm, Trafalgar Square, London

On Saturday 22 August we will mark the second anniversary of the chemical weapons massacre in Ghouta, Syria.

We will assemble at 2pm in Trafalgar Square, before walking to Downing Street. Please bring flowers to mourn the dead.

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On the 21st of August 2013, the Ghouta area of Damascus was shelled with rockets containing the chemical weapon Sarin. Over 1,700 people were reported killed.

In response, Britain’s parliamentarians voted to do nothing.

Despite multiple UN Security Council resolutions, and despite the massive international disarmament exercise organised by the OPCW and the UN, Assad has not stopped using chemical weapons. Instead, a century after chlorine was first used as a chemical weapon against Allied soldiers on the battlefields of the First World War, Assad has revived its use as a terror weapon against Syrian civilians.

Since the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons was supposed to have been completed, experts from OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) have found evidence to indicate the Assad regime has retained secret stocks of both Sarin and VX nerve gas.

As Britain’s politicians debate taking on ISIS in Syria, they must face the consequences of their failure to take on Syria’s greatest killer, Assad.

This ongoing failure by the Western powers has contributed to the rise of ISIS, has degraded the status of the United Nations, and has eroded the trust of Syrians.

This failure has cost tens of thousands more civilian lives since the Ghouta massacre, and still the killers remain free to kill.