In April 18, 2011, something remarkable took place in the city of Homs, that forever changed the face of the uprising.
Civil protestors gathered at the Clock Square, in a peaceful sit-in that ended in bloodshed as Assad security forces opened fire on thousands of unarmed civilians. Today, three years after the Clock Square massacre, and as the old neighborhoods in Homs continue to live under siege, Syrians worldwide commemorated the day that evokes both bitter and sweet memories.
Syrians scattered all over the globe, held banners in support of Homs, and to commemorate its dreadful massacre, as part of the"International Homs Day" campaign, that was launched by activists inside Syria. Through the campaign, activists aim to make April 18, an officiall observed "Day of Homs". "We will apply a formal request to the UNESCO and the United Nation's General Assembly, for an official approval," one of the campaign's organizers says to SyriaUntold.In preparation for the campaign, activists created interactive platforms via Facebook, to engage Syrians and people of different nationalities in the event. As a result, people from all over the world organized sit-ins and activities to support the campaign. "There were several sits that we had not planned, and were carried out by voluntary European groups, in Germany, France, Bulgaria and Switzerland," the activist said.
Homs City, also known as the capital of the Syrian revolution, has given Syrians the hope and steadfastness they needed, to stand tall and carry on when all was lost. Activists thus are determined to turn a horrid day of bloodshed into a celebration of bravery, as a sign of gratitude to this beloved city.