Defend Idlib! Defeat Assad and the Russian-Iranian Occupiers!


An emergency call for international solidarity with the Syrian people suffering from the barbarous onslaught by Assad and Putin!


Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 27 December 2019,




In the last days the barbarous Assad regime and the Russian-Iranian occupiers have once more launched a deadly offensive against the last liberated enclave of the Syrian Revolution – the province of Idlib in the north-west of the country. The Russian Air Force, the Iranian mercenaries and Assad’s butchers are paving a bloody road of destruction without mercy.


As many as 30,000 people have already fled the area around the town of Maarat al-Numan which is the current focus of the latest counter-revolutionary offensive. Since the beginning of the assault on Idlib in April, more than 1,400 people have been killed and almost 1 million were forced to flee to the Turkish border. Thousands of families are struggling to survive in makeshift camps in winter conditions as fuel shortages threaten medical care and push up prices of food and transport.


The Syrian liberation fighters are waging a heroic defensive battle in order to halt the counter-revolutionary assault. They have rightly called this battle a war of liberation and independence” as Assad is a mere puppet of Russian imperialism and the Iranian dictatorship. However, the Syrian Revolution faces also additional enemies as other parts of the country are occupied by U.S. imperialism and its YPG foot soldiers and some parts are under Turkish occupation. Furthermore, the revolution is confronted by reactionary Arab dictatorships which are licking the feet of the Great Powers in East and West as well as of Israel.


The RCIT sends its warmest greeting to the heroic popular masses in Syria who are still continuing the struggle for freedom – despite nearly nine years of civil war with hundreds of thousands of martyrs! They urgently need our support as they are facing an overwhelming enemy. Hence, we call the mass organizations of the workers and popular masses around the world to rally in support of the Syrian Revolution fighting in the last trenches!


We are under no illusions that the Stalinists which have hailed the tyrant Assad as well as Russian and Chinese imperialism for many years stand on the other side of the barricade. Sadly, many liberals and pseudo-socialists have also deserted the Syrian Revolution.


But we appeal to all authentic socialists, consistent democrats and all righteous Muslim and non-Muslim people to stand by the Syrian people in this difficult time! We reiterate our call from June 2019 and urge those forces to unite in organizing a global solidarity campaign in defense of the Syrian Revolution. We propose that such an international united front campaign should focus on the following:


* Organization of global days of solidarity action.


* Obstruction of all efforts to support and legitimize the Assad regime.


* Stepped up pressure on governments, especially in Europe, to open borders for refugees.


* Support efforts for humanitarian aid for the civilian population in Idlib.


* Support for the legitimate right of Syrian liberation fighters to acquire material aid (including weapons and volunteers) to defend themselves against the barbarous onslaught by Assad and Putin.


* Organization of a political struggle against the pro-Assadist and Islamophobic criminal forces that are slandering the struggle of the Syrian people for their freedom.


Brothers and sisters, we appeal to you not to abandon the Syrian people in this most difficult hour! Rally now under the slogan: Defend Idlib - Defeat Assad and the Russian-Iranian Occupiers!




International Bureau of the RCIT




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The RCIT has published a number of booklets, statements, and articles on the Syrian Revolution that can be accessed on a special sub-section of this website: Our call “Save the Syrian Revolution!” has been published in six languages and can be read here in English: