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Thousands march in Western capitals to support Syrians

Syrians opposed to President Bashar al-Assad hold signs as a man reads the names of victims as they gather in front of the White House in Washington on March 15, 2014, during a protest to mark the third anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syr
Syrians opposed to President Bashar al-Assad hold signs as a man reads the names of victims as they gather in front of the White House in Washington on March 15, 2014, during a protest to mark the third anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria. -- PHOTO: AFP
Protesters hold placards and wave the pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, during a rally outside Downing Street in London on March 15, 2014, to mark the third anniversary since the start of the Syrian conflict. -- PHOTO: AFP&nbs
Protesters hold placards and wave the pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, during a rally outside Downing Street in London on March 15, 2014, to mark the third anniversary since the start of the Syrian conflict. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Protesters hold placards and wave the pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, during a rally outside Downing Street in London on March 15, 2014, to mark the third anniversary since the start of the Syrian conflict. -- PHOTO: AFP
Protesters hold placards and wave the pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, during a rally outside Downing Street in London on March 15, 2014, to mark the third anniversary since the start of the Syrian conflict. -- PHOTO: AFP
Protesters hold as capes the pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the opposition, during a rally outside Downing Street in London on March 15, 2014, to mark the third anniversary since the start of the Syrian conflict. -- PHOTO: AFP
Protesters hold as capes the pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the opposition, during a rally outside Downing Street in London on March 15, 2014, to mark the third anniversary since the start of the Syrian conflict. -- PHOTO: AFP
Dozens of protestors gather to mark the third anniversary of the Syrian revolution in Lafayette Park, across the White House, in Washington, on March 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Dozens of protestors gather to mark the third anniversary of the Syrian revolution in Lafayette Park, across the White House, in Washington, on March 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Activists carry a flag during a demonstration inside the Umayyad mosque, marking three years since the start of the Syrian uprising, in Aleppo on March 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Activists carry a flag during a demonstration inside the Umayyad mosque, marking three years since the start of the Syrian uprising, in Aleppo on March 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
People hold balloons, with the words "With the Syrians", as they gather in front of the Eiffel Tower during a demonstration to mark the third anniversary of the Syria's civil war on March 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
People hold balloons, with the words "With the Syrians", as they gather in front of the Eiffel Tower during a demonstration to mark the third anniversary of the Syria's civil war on March 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
People hold banners as they gather in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 15, 2014, during a demonstration to mark the third anniversary of the Syria's civil war. -- PHOTO: AFP
People hold banners as they gather in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 15, 2014, during a demonstration to mark the third anniversary of the Syria's civil war. -- PHOTO: AFP
Syrians opposed to President Bashar al-Assad hold a large pre-Baath Syrian flag as they gather in front of the White House in Washington on March 15, 2014, during a protest to mark the third anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria. -- PHOTO
Syrians opposed to President Bashar al-Assad hold a large pre-Baath Syrian flag as they gather in front of the White House in Washington on March 15, 2014, during a protest to mark the third anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria. -- PHOTO: AFP
Activists carry flags and signs during a demonstration inside the Umayyad mosque, marking three years since the start of the Syrian uprising, in Aleppo on March 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Activists carry flags and signs during a demonstration inside the Umayyad mosque, marking three years since the start of the Syrian uprising, in Aleppo on March 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The words "With the Syrians" are displayed on the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 15, 2014, in support of Syrians on the third anniversary of the conflict which has claimed more than 140,000 lives. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The words "With the Syrians" are displayed on the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 15, 2014, in support of Syrians on the third anniversary of the conflict which has claimed more than 140,000 lives. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
People hold a Syrian national flag as they gather in front of the Eiffel tower on March 15, 2014 in Paris, during a demonstration to mark the third anniversary of the Syria's civil war. -- PHOTO: AFP 
People hold a Syrian national flag as they gather in front of the Eiffel tower on March 15, 2014 in Paris, during a demonstration to mark the third anniversary of the Syria's civil war. -- PHOTO: AFP 

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.

Most of the demonstrators were Syrians, as was the case at a similar event in Rome, where 3,000 people marched through the city centre to protest against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Hundreds also showed up in Madrid and in Paris, where messages of support to Syria were lit up on the Eiffel Tower.

"We are here today, three years after the start of the repression and the conflict, to support the Syrians who are there and in our country," the head of the French branch of Amnesty International, Ms Genevieve Garrigos, told Agence France-Presse.

In Washington, around 1,000 people chanted "revolution" and other slogans against Assad. They gathered in front of the White House and read out the names of some of the conflict's victims.

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