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Eiffel Tower Goes Dark In Solidarity With Syrians In Aleppo

Protesters in Paris denounced 'Bashar the assassin'.

15/12/2016 7:49 AM AEDT | Updated 15/12/2016 7:49 AM AEDT

Paris’ Eiffel Tower shut off its lights on Wednesday night in a show of support for the people struggling to survive in Aleppo, Syria. 

“This symbolic measure, on a monument recognized the world over, aims to compel the international community to act urgently,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a statement. Two convoys loaded with medical equipment will head to Aleppo from Paris on Thursday, the mayor’s office said in another statement. 

For the second night in a row, hundreds of people also gathered in Paris’ Place Igor Stravinsky ― named for the Russian composer ― to protest Russia’s role in the death and destruction in Aleppo, Le Parisien reported.

Videos show protesters chanting: “Bashar [Assad] the assassin,” referring to Syria’s leader.

Demonstrations responding to the violence as the Russia-backed Syrian regime and pro-government forces reclaim control of Aleppo have erupted across the globe this week, mainly outside Russian consulates or embassies.

“Friends and family inside Aleppo asked that we stand on their behalf outside of Russian embassies,” Mohamed Khairullah, mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, told The Huffington Post at a rally in New York City on Tuesday. “Russia is basically utilizing a scorched-earth campaign in Syria to drive the civilians out of Aleppo in support of Assad.”

See photos from several of the protests below.

  • Muhammad Hamed / Reuters
    Protesters in front of the Russian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, burn a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a sit-in in solidarity with the people of Aleppo and against Russia's support of the Syrian regime on Dec. 13, 2016.
  • Muhammad Hamed / Reuters
    A protester outside of the Russian Embassy in Amman on Dec. 13, 2016.
  • Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    A man holds a sign saying "I am Aleppo" during a protest outside of the Russian Embassy in Paris on Dec. 13, 2016.
  • Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    "Aleppo is burning," another man's sign read at the Paris protest.
  • DANIEL SORABJI via Getty Images
    Thousands of protesters gathered outside the entrance to 10 Downing Street in London on Dec. 13, 2016.
  • DANIEL SORABJI via Getty Images
    A "Save Aleppo" sign at the protest in London.
  • Stephanie McGehee / Reuters
    Demonstrators in Shaab, Kuwait, protest outside of the Russian Embassy compound on Dec. 14, 2016.
  • Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    Thousands in Istanbul marched toward the Russian Consulate on Dec. 13, 2016.
  • Dado Ruvic / Reuters
    Students hold bundles representing dead babies during a protest in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to show solidarity with the trapped citizens of Aleppo on Dec. 14, 2016.
  • Dado Ruvic / Reuters
    A man holds a placard with caricatures of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar Assad and U.S. President Barack Obama in Sarajevo on Dec. 14, 2016.
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