Two and a half thousand Europeans are reportedly planning to march from Berlin to Aleppo while waving white flags as a protest against the civil war taking place in Syria. The demonstration is being called the “Civil March for Aleppo.”
The group’s website succinctly explains their reason for the march on the “manifesto” page stating: “We’re carrying these white flags to let the whole world know our message: Enough is enough. This war has to stop!”
The exact route is unclear, but group organizer and journalist Anna Alboth states the group will leave Germany via the Czech Republic, then head through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey before finally entering Syria. The group expects to travel approximately 9-12 miles a day and will have local lawyers in each city prepare documents necessary for border crossings.
Alboth admits that the demonstration is a risky procedure, but feels that they have taken the necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
“We want to keep it as official as possible to ensure we get any police or ambulance support we might need,” Alboth told reporters. “Yes it is dangerous but we are getting in touch with humanitarian and aid agencies to get their advice.”
Alboth also feels that the group will not be the victim of terrorist attacks and will be immune from large scale attacks.
“People like me think that if five or ten thousand people are marching and getting everyone’s attention, then it’s impossible that they would bomb you,” she continued, “I think if it really happened and they bombed a peaceful march, then this world is worth nothing.”
Alboth claims that she was inspired to organize the march after viewing photos coming out of the war torn city while she was having dinner with Syrian friends.
As of Wednesday, the group was on their second day of the march.