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This was back in April but the protests haven't stopped, they've only gotten louder.

Turkish NGOs hold protest against Syria's al-Assad

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Turkish human-rights associations staged a demonstration in front of the Syrian Consulate in Istanbul on Monday evening, calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in solidarity with opposition protesters in the Middle Eastern country.

Some of the protesters arrived at the demonstration area following evening prayers at Teşvikiye Mosque while others gathered earlier in front of Maçka Akif Tuncel Technical and Industrial Occupational High School and marched toward the consulate building in the Şişli district's Teşvikiye neighborhood.

Demonstrators chanted "Long live the global uprising" while carrying posters in their hands that read "Cruel al-Assad, leave Syria." A group of Syrian students also joined the protest.

Security precautions were at a high level around the consulate building, where four police teams set up a barricade.

"Tanks that are not sent to the Golan Heights are targeting Syrian people and spilling blood. Al-Assad is creating a massacre and distorting the reality by giving wrong information on the number of dead people," said Murat Özer, a spokesman for the Free Thinking and Educational Rights Association, or Özgür-Der. The group organized the protest along with the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples, or Mazlum-Der.

"After Zine Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in Tunisia by a popular uprising, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak said that his country's conditions were not the same. But he still fell. Now al-Assad also says the same thing, but he will also go," Özer said.

The people of Syria have broken down the walls of fear and stood up against the regime, said Cüneyt Sarıyaşar, the chairman of Mazlum-Der's Istanbul branch.

Syrian people have revolted against the government for the first time in 30 years, Şerafettin Öztürk, an Istanbul resident of Syria origin, told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review, claiming that the ammunition al-Assad's regime is using on protesters as it seeks to cling to power may have been brought from Iran.

The protesters demanded the ouster of the Syrian president and said there would be no going back now that blood has been spilled. "This is a matter of hope. His ouster will probably take one or two months," Öztürk said.

© 2011 Hurriyet Daily News

URL: www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=8216esad8217s-government-should-be-toppled8217-say-turkish-human-rights-organizations-2011-04-26


2007-07-27 – Case complete at NVC waiting on the world or at least MTL.


2007-12-24-Mom's I-551 arrives, Pop's still in purgatory (AP)

2008-03-11-AP all done, Pop is approved!!!!


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