Protesters: Obama Must Take Action Against Syria’s Assad

Other activists at the protest shared similar concerns about the “mass atrocity” happening in Syria, saying that Assad’s regime has killed thousands of civilians in Syria. Estimates put the current death toll since the revolution began at around 250,000, with up to a third of those casualties civilians. Millions more have been displaced.

“Every day the Syrian planes go and bomb civilians with helicopters and airplanes made by Russia. Assad is being helped by Iranians, by Hezbollah and by Russians to kill his own people. This is unprecedented and the world is looking and ignoring that and looking the other way. It’s really a shame that this happened in the 21st century,” one activist told the crowd watching the protest. “We cannot get rid of ISIS until we get rid of Syrian Assad.”

By allowing the Iran nuclear deal to go through, another activist said, Obama is essentially funding the Assad regime and “we want the president to put more force into removing President Bashar al-Assad.”

As they protested outside the White House, Obama was inside defending the Iran deal to reporters.