A group of Syrians and non-governmental organizations on March 13 gathered in Istanbul's Fatih to mark the 10th anniversary of the Syrian war.
Syrian astronaut Muhammed Faris read out a statement on behalf of the crowd, saying that the world "admires" them for their "patience and determination." He also said that the "Syrian regime must be gotten rid of" in order for them to reach their goals.
"The Assad regime has no legitimacy and will never have," Faris said of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group also called for the release of all "innocent" prisoners in Syria.
Ten years into Syria's conflict, President Bashar al-Assad has survived the bloody insurgency which started out with protests in March 2011. He regained many parts of the country, helped by Russia's military presence and Iran's Shi'ite militias.