On June 2, there will be a sit-in in Beirut to mark the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Lebanese journalist and activist Samir Qassir. (Arabic. AKI, 5/25/06). The sit-in, according to AKI, is being organized by Lebanese intellectuals as well as media, human rights, and civil society organizations.
The gathering will also be an act of solidarity with jailed Syrian intellectuals and activists Michel Kilo, Anwar al-Bunni, Fateh Jamous, Ali Abdallah and his sons, Aref Dalilah, and all other detainees. Qassir had close ties with Syrian dissident intellectuals and activists who he helped publish in the leading Lebanese daily An-Nahar. His assassination last year is widely viewed as the work of the Syrian regime.
The Lebanese Democratic Left organized a rally on May 23 in front of the UN headquarters in Beirut to commemorate Qassir's death and to express solidarity with Syrian political prisoners.
AKI also reported that Syrian dissidents are organizing a sit-in in front of the Syrian embassy in London on June 1 to express solidarity with the prisoners of conscience in Syria, and to mark the one-year memorial of the assassination of Kurdish Sheikh Muhammad Maashouq al-Khaznawi.
The secretary general of the London-based Syrian Democratic Current, Muhyiddine al-Ladqani, clarified that the participants will be members of various human rights organizations and political movements from the Syrian community in London. They will demand the establishment of "an independent investigative commission into the murder of Sheikh Khaznawi, who was assassinated by the Syrian regime," and they will protest "the Syrian authorities' crackdown targeting Syrian intellectuals," who have signed the Beirut-Damascus Declaration. They will also call for the release of all prisoners of conscience and opinion, and for the ending the series of arrests, assassinations, and targeting of civil society and human rights activists." He also threatened to besiege Syrian embassies all over Europe with peaceful sit-ins.