Syria – Defection of Colonel Hassan Hamadeh (June 22, 2012)
France welcomes the defection of Colonel Hassan Hamadeh and commends this courageous gesture. Colonel Hassan Hamadeh joins the growing number of Syrian army officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted men who have, over the past 15 months, chosen dignity and the fight for freedom in the face of the Syrian regime’s barbarity.
By refusing to play a role in the crackdown being imposed by Bashar al-Assad, these defectors deserve our recognition and that of the Syrian people.
France urges the members of the Syrian army and security forces to carry out their duty which is, above all, to protect the people and not to violently crush them by executing the regime’s criminal orders.