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Thousands march in Western capitals to support Syrians

Published on Mar 16, 2014 6:40 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Thousands marched in Western capitals on Saturday to support the people of Syria, who entered the fourth year of a conflict that has left at least 146,000 dead and spawned the world's largest displaced population.

Around 1,000 people marched to Downing Street in London, waving Syrian flags and denouncing the international community's inaction.

"Gassed to death, starved to death, frozen to death... You watched", "Your silence is killing us", "Revolution until victory, Syrians deserve life", read some of the banners.

A famous stencil by graffiti artist Banksy, reworked to depict a Syrian refugee girl with a heart-shaped balloon, was projected on Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

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