Stop the War activists defended Bashar Assad as a ‘good man’ on Parliament Square last night with one woman insisting he would not kill civilians because he is a doctor.
President Assad has been blamed by the West for the devastating chlorine assault on civilians in Douma earlier this which killed at least 75 people.
His regime has been proven responsible by the UN for more than 30 chemical attacks during the past five years.
The Stop the War claims came as Chris Williamson, a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, told last night’s rally coalition strikes on Saturday were an attempt to destroy evidence.
The rally was called to coincide with debates inside Parliament about Britain joining coalition air strikes against the Assad regime in the early hours of Saturday.
Theresa May easily won a stunt vote in the Commons late last night after the SNP tried to secure a symbolic gesture against her decision to order the RAF into action without calling a Commons vote in advance.
A Stop the War activist (pictured) defended Bashar Assad as a ‘good man’ on Parliament Square last night, insisting he would not kill civilians because he is a doctor
Protesters descended on Parliament Square last night as MPs inside debated Theresa May’s decision to join air strikes against the Assad regime
Stop the War have protested repeatedly in Westminster this week but have yet to stage a demonstration outside the Russian embassy
The woman interviewed by ITV at the Parliament Square rally was asked if Assad was a ‘good man’.
She said: ‘Yes, he is a good person. He’s a very good man.
‘He’s a doctor, for heaven’s sake! Do you think he goes around killing Syrian people?’
Questioned on whether she believed Assad over the Prime Minister, she agreed and added: ‘He’s not a murderer, he’s the president of a country for god’s sake!’
Assad the doctor: How Syria’s doctor trained for four years in London
Syrian President Bashar Assad is a doctor who graduated in Damascus and worked in the Syrian Army.
He qualified as a specialist ophthalmologist after training for four years at the Western Eye Hospital in London.
He was recalled to Syria to re-join the family business ruling the country in 1994 after his older brother Bassel died in a car crash.
But his links to Britain continued as he married Asma Akhras, who was born and raised in London.
Following ITV’s broadcast, Stop the War tweeted to insist the views ‘in no way reflect those of Stop the War UK.’
Speaking from the podium at the rally, Mr WIlliamson told protesters: ‘Why would the Assad regime at this stage of the appalling conflict in Syria, where he’s virtually won the battle for