Mass Rally in Sydney in Solidarity with Syria
SYDNEY, (SANA) – More than 7000 Syrian, Arab and Australian people participated in the mass rally organized by “Australians for Syria” group in cooperation with other youth groups and figures from the Syrian and Arab communities in Australia.
Syria’s Honorary Consul to Sydney, Maher Dabbagh, said that the participants wanted to stress to the whole world that Syria is strong in the face of the most severe attack launched by the West and the oil monarchies.
The gathering crowds reiterated solidarity with Syria and their standing by its leadership, people and army, expressing thanks to the friendly countries over their stances towards Syria.
The participants toured main streets of Sydney City and stopped in front of the Office of the Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr condemning the Australian official stance and Carr’s statements against Syria.
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SANA HEADLINES AUGUST 5, 2012
Hundreds rally in Australia for Syrian regime
Hundreds of people rallied in Australia on Sunday in support of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, urging no intervention by foreign powers in the conflict.
Organised by a group calling itself “Hands off Syria”, the demonstration began with a short rally of several hundred people at Sydney’s town hall but numbers swelled as the group, many of them families, marched through the city.
“I am here to show my support for the president and the people of Syria,” one young woman draped in the Syrian flag told AFP.
“We have to expose the lies that have been (made) through the media.”
Protesters waving Syrian flags and carrying banners which read “Thank you Russia and China 4 vetoes” and “Let the whole world hear: Syria is our nation, Bashar is our leader”, the group marched to government offices in central Sydney.
Hanadi Assoud, one of the organisers of the event, said the protesters were against the United States or NATO intervening in Syria, where the conflict has reportedly claimed more than 21,000 lives since the uprising against Assad’s regime erupted in March 2011.
She also accused the media of misrepresenting the conflict, saying that opposition forces had been responsible for any killings that had taken place.
“Why would the government kill its own people?” she said.
She said those marching wanted to have their voices heard in Australia after comments by Foreign Minister Bob Carr, who has condemned the Assad regime.
“We know that Bob Carr has got an agenda. He was saying that the Assad regime must go. How can he be so biased?” Assoud told AFP.
Syria closed its embassy in Australia in late July, two months after Canberra expelled the Syrian charge d’affaires along with one other diplomat over the killings of more than 100 people in Houla.
Pro-Assad rally held in Sydney
While Syria’s unrest continues, protesters snaked their way through Sydney’s central business district demanding no foreign intervention in the country’s internal affairs. The protesters also thanked Russia and China for their international support for Syria.
Chanting slogans in English and Arabic in support of President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian Army, the crowd was vocal, but peaceful as they made their way to the Department of Foreign Affairs Office.
They say Mr Assad’s reforms including introducing multi-party elections earlier in the year are proof that he’s listening to the people and the United States and NATO are determined to overthrow him and his Government by supporting opposition armed gangs including the so called Syrian Free Army which has been accused of human rights abuses.
The protesters have also blamed the media of distorting the situation in Syria and being bias in favor of the Syrian Opposition.
While Damascus always offers continuity and reforms, the Istanbul-based so called Syrian National Council only seeks to topple the Assad government but they are suffering from their political divisions.