The grandsons of Sheikh Saleh al-Ali, one of Syria’s greatest freedom fighters and commanders of the Great Syrian Revolution against the French occupation, denounced the labeling of this Friday, a day which has been weekly used for over two months now by the so-called ‘Syrian Revolution’ to incite people to go on anti-system demonstrations, after their grandfather Sheikh Saleh, considering this a defamation of the Homeland’s symbols.
In a statement issued on Friday, the family of the Syrian fighter said Sheikh Saleh al-Ali is one of the symbols of Syria’s unity and independence who sacrificed his life in defending the unity of the Syrian land and people rejecting all offers of power in return.
“We, the granddaughters and grandsons of Sheikh Saleh al-Ali, say we are innocent of those calls,” said the statement, Sheikh Saleh’s family’s support to the development and modernization process in Syria.
“We were astonished at this naming…the real Syrian revolutionaries were those such as Saleh al-Ali, Ibrahim Hananu, Yousuf al-Azma and Sultan Basha al-Atrash who started their revolution to protect people from killing…while the ones who called this name on this Friday are killing the army and people…this label is an offense to all who fought for the independence and unity of Syria and its people,” Sheikh Saleh’s granddaughter Dr. Oumaima Salman said in an interview with the Syrian TV.
She added it is the Syrians’ duty to protect what the forefathers offered for the sake of preserving Syria’s unity against the imperialist attempts at dividing it into cantons, highlighting how the plot is being repeated through different ways and tools.
For his part, Taha Hananu, grandson of freedom fighter Ibrahim Hananu, saluted all the Homeland’s martyrs from the army and civilians who were the victims of the conspiracy Syria is being exposed to, stressing that the names of Sheikh Saleh al-Ali, Ibrahim Hananu, Yousuf al-Azma and Sultan Basha al-Atrash, who led an honorable revolution against the occupation will never be forgotten.
The people of Sheikh Badr area in Tartous province denounced the exploitation of the independence symbols which aims at targeting Syria’s position and inciting sedition among its people.