This Friday in Hartford, from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, there will be an anti-war protest held to urge our local representatives not to support an attack on Syria. If you want to join us in Hartford for this critical mass gathering, or just want to start talking about everything that’s going on, join us as we gather TONIGHT Thursday at 7:00 PM at the U.O.C. (University Organizing Center at 190 High Street). You don’t have to stay long, but if you want to join us on Friday we need a head count! As many cars as possible will be driving up.
There will also be a demonstration this Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1:00 PM, at the corner of Main and Washington streets in Middletown. If you feel a need to voice your opinion on this critical issue, but can’t make it on Friday, that’s your chance to join people from the area for an anti-war rally.
Meeting in the UoC:
Date: Thursday, September 5
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: University Organizing Center (190 High Street)
Protest in Hartford:
Date: Friday, September 6
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Hartford, CT – Back of the Old State House (facing the highway – 90 State House Sq.)
Demonstration in Middletown:
Date: Saturday, September 7
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Corner of Main Street and Washington Street
Evan Weber ’13 thinks he’s a real know-it-all. Also, have you heard about this cool event coming up?
Back in the wee hours of Saturday morning we here at Wesleying reported on the disappearance/presumed detainment of Middlebury Student Pathik “Tik” Root ’12 in Damascus, Syria. (You can hit up that earlier post here.)
Since then, there have been positive developments in the case. The Middlebury website has announced that Root has been located, is highly believed to be safe and well, and that although he remains in custody by Syrian authorities US officials are working hard to get him back.
For more info, you can head over to an informational Facebook group set up and regularly updated by Root’s sister, and you can also check out this article filed by Boston.com earlier today. (Thanks to Rory Stamp ’12 for the tips!)
For more info on the detainment of the other US citizens during the same protest which Root was believed to have been witnessing when he was picked up, head over to this al-Jazeera article. (Thanks to J- ‘?? in the comments section for the tip!)
Despite the continuing coverage all over the CNN and HLN and whatever other newsy-outlet they blast over at Freeman, it is often the case that it is quite difficult to grasp the gravity of the chaos that’s ripping a new hole in the Middle East and North Africa right now. That is, until some shit closer to home hits the revolutionary fan.
On Thursday, the Burlington Free Press reported that a Middlebury student, Pathik “Tik” Root ’12, went missing in Damascus, Syria, where he was studying abroad.
Yesterday, the Burlington Free Press followed up by confirming that he has indeed been taken in and is being held by Syrian authorities. It is believed that he was rounded up when he was witnessing a demonstration that was taking place on March 18th at a “major mosque in the old city.” He has not been heard from since that date.
Details remain considerably sketchy at this time. More info after the jump.
Update [3/27]: On March 26th, confirmation has been given that Tik Root has been located and is believed to be safe and well. More info on the Middlebury page. Thanks to Leslie in the comments section for the tip!