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Thousands chant solidarity with Assad, discontent with AL

English.news.cn   2011-11-20 19:30:45 FeedbackPrintRSS

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Thousands of people attend a rally supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Capital city of Damascus, Syria, Nov. 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

DAMASCUS, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Syrians streamed into an old popular square in the capital of Damascus Sunday, as part of many other protagonist rallies that have swept across Syria lately with thousands of people chanting solidarity with embattled President Bashar al-Assad and expressed discontent with the international uproar against his administration.

The staggering crowds' chants mingled with live national music that echoed across the time-honored al-Hijaz square that dates back to the Othman era.

The flag-waving crowds were chanting in support of Assad and obscenities against the Arab League (AL) that has suspended Syria' s membership lately citing its failure to abide by an AL peace plan set forward to end the months-long-crisis in Syria.

The crowds hoisted banners one of which read "Syria is fine in your presence," in reference of President Assad. They also carried the Iranian, and the Lebanese Hezbollah flags along with the Syrian ones.

"We have come here to express rejection to the Arab League because it has nothing to do with Arabism and all of us are with President Bashar al-Assad," Oscar Fayyad, a university student, told Xinhua.

Another Syrian engineer shared Fayyad's feelings, saying "we came here voluntarily with our wives and children to show the world that we came here on our own to preserve our country and our president."

Meanwhile, Syria and Arab League are studying amendments to the draft protocol regarding the legal status and the duties of the AL mission of observers.

The Arab League issued Wednesday in Rabat, Morocco, a draft deal to send an Arab mission of 500 observers to monitor the situation in Syria after it suspended Syria's membership in the pan-Arab body.

Editor: Yamei Wang

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