Elaph reported on the rally held in Paris, which was called for by the Committee for Syrian National Democratic Action (a Europe-based group of Syrian intellectuals and activists) on May 23 in solidarity with Syrian political detainees (Arabic. 5/24/06).
According to the report, many Arab, Iranian, French, and Italian political representatives, intellectual figures, and human rights activists participated in the rally as well and raised banners calling for the release of the various political detainees and calling for freedom for the Syrian people and democracy in Syria.
Professor and dissident Dr. Burhan Ghalyoun gave a short speech at the event, and so did representatives from the French Communist Party and the French Socialist Party. A representative from the Lebanese Democratic Left also gave a speech on behalf of the party and the Lebanese intellectuals in which he called for a free democratic Syria alongside an independent democratic Lebanon. (The speech was published by ME Transparent [Arabic. 5/24/06]).