The Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, Simon Thomas has spoken of his pride and admiration for the people of Aberystwyth after a candlelit vigil was held in the town last Thursday in a show of solidarity and support for the people of Aleppo.
The vigil was held as the four-year war between President Assad’s forces and Syrian rebels has created untold deaths and destruction in the northern Syrian City of Aleppo.
Candles were lit in Aberystwyth and placed to spell out the name of the ancient city and Syrian refugees addressed the crowd. They were the first refugees given sanctuary in Wales.
Simon Thomas AM, a resident of Aberystwyth said:
“Once again, Aberystwyth has proven that Mid and West Wales has some of the most caring, compassionate and selfless people in the whole of the United Kingdom.
“Not only did the people of Ceredigion become the first county in Wales to welcome Syrian refugees with open arms, but they are consistently providing support to those who are suffering across the world.
“The Syrian Government’s attempts to recapture Aleppo has led to unspeakable atrocities on innocent Syrian men, women and children. From executions and forced disappearances to torture and rape, we are witnessing the next Bosnia and Rwanda unfolding in front of our eyes, and what are we doing?
“Once again, the Westminster Government is turning a blind eye to these atrocities and sitting on their hands as hundreds of thousands of people are dying.
“I’d like to thank the people of Aberystwyth for showing solidarity with the people of Aleppo, and once again, call on the Westminster Government to act.”