Aussies protest intervention in Syria

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By Rishi
Date  12 Dec 2011
Australians have taken to the streets in protest against foreign intervention in Syria, as tensions continue to escalate in the Arab country.
 
On Sunday, protesters gathered in Sydney to voice anger at what they call foreign efforts aiming to destabilize Syria.
 
One protester said, “Of course there are problems in Syria and the government has indicated it will introduce reforms. However, when we hear that the US Secretary of State [Hillary Clinton] advised the opposition not to enter dialogue and boycott the dialogue, and advises the armed groups not to surrender, promising them amnesty, how do you explain that?”
 
The demonstrators also condemned the Arab League's position on Syria, which has threatened the country with further economic sanctions unless it allows monitors in the country. Syria has said it will allow monitors and has laid out conditions.
 
On November 27, the Arab League approved unprecedented sanctions against Syria, including a freeze on assets possessed by the Syrian government and an embargo on investments for projects in the country. The EU and the US have also imposed sanctions on Syria.
 
Syria has been experiencing deadly unrest ever since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government.
 
Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest that the country has been experiencing since mid-March, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad. According to the United Nations, over 4,000 people have been killed during the eight months of violence in Syria.
 
The Western-backed opposition in Syria accuses security forces of a bloody crackdown on protests. But Damascus has dismissed the accusation, arguing that the security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians.
 
Syrian opposition groups have also been interviewing Israeli news outlets over the past few months. The interviews clearly show the opposition's vision for the future of Syria, and indicate their interest in developing relations with Tel Aviv.
 
In addition, confessions by captured Syrian armed terrorists about foreign-sponsored plans to carry out armed activities and killing ordinary people as well as security forces prove that the recent developments in the country aimed at inciting a revolt in the strategic country neighboring the Israeli regime, and bringing to power a US- and Israel-friendly government.
 
However, Syrian people have repeatedly expressed solidarity with the government. Figures show that during the past weeks, about 12 million people have demonstrated in support of Syrian President Bashar

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