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European Solidarity Front for Syria (Syria)

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[European Solidarity Front for Syria] image by Ivan Sache, 18 November 2018

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The European Solidarity Front for Syria (ESFS) is one of the most prominent pro-Assad groups affiliated with the far-right, as a coalition of political activists who organise delegations to Syria in support of the Assad government.
“The European Solidarity Front is open to all those who love Syria, and support solidarity with President Assad, the Syrian nation and its army,” the group said in a 2013 statement.

“The main founders of this project are from Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Spain, but we quickly found enthusiastic support from a number of militants activate in different countries, and more specifically in Poland, France, Czech Republic, Romania, Ireland, Serbia, Great Britain, Scotland, Malta, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and Argentina.” Among the supporters of the group are CasaPound, an Italian neo-fascist youth organisation, who hosted a conference for the group in Italy and who have become notorious for carrying out attacks on migrants and left-wingers in the country.

In September 2013 an Italian delegation from ESFS travelled to Syria “in support of the legitimate government of Bashar Al Assad and the Syrian people,” meeting with the Syrian prime minister, deputy foreign minister and members of the ultra-nationalist Syrian Social-Nationalist Party. Another supporter of the ESFS is the National Rebirth of Poland who have been notorious for attacking Jews, Roma and LGBT people in Poland and who on one campaign poster printed the slogan: “Fascism? We are worse!”, Middle East Eye, 2 December 2014

The Syrian Arab News Agency reports several meetings of the ESFS with Syrian officials, in the 2014-2016 period.

The movement was still active in 2018, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

The flag of ESFS is black with the movement's emblem, made of a black map of Europe superimposed to the Syrian flag.

Ivan Sache
, 18 November 2018