London’s funky Syrians

Syrian democrats in London, Sunday 15 January 2011

While cycling through London this afternoon, I happened upon a small group of Syrians demonstrating by the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The Syrians were only a few dozen in number, but their unamplified presence was considerably greater than that of any of the other competing attractions in the square, including nearby break dancers with a huge boombox.

But what struck me most about the freedom-seeking Syrians was their sense of rhythm and cadence. A cantor led the chant, and funky stuff it was too. As for the political views expressed, there was certainly no love expressed for Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. When it comes to the west, one little boy’s placard read “David Cameron – condemnation is not enough”.

Long live Syria, proud and free!