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Trade unionists in Syria called on the governments of the US, Turkey and others to cease their war of aggression against the country today.
In a statement issued through the World Federation of Trade Unions, the General Federation of Trade unions (Syria) urged supporters and fellow “militant workers” around the world to work for peace and respect Syria’s right to national sovereignty.
Lambasting foreign support for “terrorist gangs” operating in the country, they said:
“In order to get out of its immoral predicament goal of supporting terrorist armed gangs financially, in the media and in various forms of lethal weapons, the imperialist United States and its allies in the governments of Britain, France and colonial west are seeking and in collusion with their young clients in the Middle East Region as the Arab kingdoms and Turkey, to wage a war of aggression against steadfast Syria.
“This is because Syria has always been the forefront of the national liberation movement in the Arab region and the National Resistance Movement and nationalist anti -colonial and anti – imperialist and Zionist racism.
“These imperial powers are doing so under the pretext of the use of chemical weapons, which has been proved and in an unequivocal evidence to be used by those terrorist gangs against innocent Syrian citizens and against the Syrian brave armed forces.
“The working class and the Syrian organized trade union GFTU Syria, and with it all free and honorable in Syria, we call on all supporters of freedom , progress and peace in the world to announce its solidarity with steadfast Syria that defend the dignity and freedom and the rights of its people and the nation.”
Accusing both Turkey and Jordan of harbouring and training foreign fighters to enter Syria, all under the watchful eye of Saudi Arabia and the US, the GFTU praised the “peoples and governments of Russia, China and the BRICS countries , Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe” for their attempts to find a peaceful settlement.
The statement concluded:
“Workers and unionists of Syria appeal to all workers’ organizations and national, regional and global trade union organizations to confirm their workers’ solidarity with the just struggle of the legitimate rights of the people of the Syria in their sovereignty, and decent life and to defend the gains and the great achievements that have been made in Syria through the struggle of national liberation.
“Long Lives militant solidarity among workers of the world.”
– The GFTU (Syria) was founded in 1948 as the sole trade union centre in Syria and represents 300,000 workers.
It is affiliated to the International Confederation of Arab Trade unions and the World Federation of Trade Unions which represents 78 million workers across the globe.