OFW group alarmed by impending air strikes on Syria Enforce repatriation efforts to the hilt, gov’t told

Global alliance of overseas Filipinos and families Migrante International today called on the Philippine government to enforce repatriation of Filipinos in Syria “to the hilt” in light of reports of imminent air strikes on Syria anytime within the week.

According to Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson, the situation in Syria is fast worsening into an outright civil war with threats of direct foreign military intervention.

“Just like what happened in Libya, the United States had recently led the formation of an international coalition in support of Syria’s Opposition with the aim to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. US-NATO forces, under the guise of a humanitarian mission by the United Nations and Arab League, are now poised for military and air strikes on Syria,” he said.

The uprising in Syria which erupted in March 2011 was inspired by the Arab Spring revolts across the region. It started with peaceful protests calling for legitimate people’s demands which prompted violent retaliation by the Syrian government. In recent months, the rebel Free Syrian Army had stepped up attacks against regime troops, resulting in more violent clashes between rebels and the government.

“Once again, imperialist forces are taking advantage of the situation to install an ally and puppet government in Syria,” Martinez said.

Migrante International called on the Philippine government take a position and condemn impending foreign military intervention in Syria that may endanger the lives of tens of thousands of Filipinos. It also called on its chapters around the world to condemn and oppose US-NATO’s plans to strike Syria for territorial and economic motives at the expense of Syrian nationals and migrant population.###

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