Protesters denounce violence in Syria
Reported by Muath Freij | Dec 25,2011 | 22:38
AMMAN — Hundreds of Jordanians and Syrians amassed outside the Syrian embassy on Friday to denounce the growing violence in Syria.
Prior to the demonstration, which was organised by the Jordanian Commission to Support the Syrian People (JCSSP) in cooperation with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), around 2,000 protesters performed the noon prayer and listened to a sermon delivered by the MB’s former overall leader Salem Falahat.
In response, the Syrian embassy broadcast the Friday sermon from Damascus on its loudspeakers.
Following the prayer, several Jordanian public figures, including JCSSP President Ali Abul Sukkar and Abdullah Obeidat, president of the Professional Associations Council and the Jordan Engineers Association, gave speeches condemning the bloodshed in Syria.
Hamzah Mansour, secretary general of the MB’s political arm, the Islamic Action Front, described the event as “significant” because it brought together Jordanians and Syrians to pray to God to help Syrians obtain their freedom.
“This event is also a message to the Arab League to speed up their actions, since moving slowly will result in a great number of killings,” he told The Jordan Times after the Friday prayer.
Ali Hindi, one of the protesters, criticised the Arab League for not taking strong action to put an end to the killings in Syria.
Omar Diab, a Syrian demonstrator, agreed, voicing concern that the Arab League observers sent to Syria recently will not be helpful in resolving the crisis, in which the UN says over 5,000 people have died.
The Syrian regime signed a deal at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo last Monday to accept observers to monitor a plan to end the bloodshed, AFP reported. An advance team travelled to Damascus on Thursday, while the observers are expected to arrive there Monday.
“The Syrian regime will not present the true facts of the bloodshed back home and will also undermine the observers’ work,” the Amman-born Diab said.
Omar Yasin, a Palestinian who attended the protest while in Amman to visit his relatives, called on the Arab people to support Syrians by placing pressure on their leaders.
“Only the Arab people can support the Syrians,” he told The Jordan Times.
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