Stop Fundamentalism - Arab league members and Turkey jointly called for immediate protection of protesters in Syria as Assad regime’s violence against them continues. The foreign ministers had come together in Rabat for a crisis meeting on Syria to plan on how to stop further bloodshed in that country.
The statement released in Rabat today also urged for non-interference by foreign countries. There have been reports of bus loads of tugs and militias coming in to Syria from Iraq to help Assad crackdown on Syrian demonstrators. Iran and Iraq have been outspoken supporters of Assad regime since the start of uprising in that country back in March.
21 people were killed in Syria today by gunshots fired by security forces in various parts of the country, said Aljazeera television.
Stop Fundamentalism - Following Arab League decision to suspend Syrian government if it does not comply with calls by the group to stop crackdown on its people and allow for a smooth transition of power by Wednesday, the Syrian National Council welcomed Arab countries siding with the Syrian people and their struggle to achieve freedom.
Dr. Burhan Ghalioun, chairman of the Syrian opposition Transitional National Council told an Arabic news program that the vote on Saturday was a political victory for the Syrian people and a major setback for Bashar Al-Assad’s regime
“It is everyone’s aim to topple the regime in Syria and we are on our way to form the National government,” said Ghalioun to Aljazeera TV reporter.
Stop Fundamentalism – A spokeswoman for the office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights updated the death toll for victims of the Syrian government’s crackdown on its people to 3500 people, today.
Ravina Shamdasani, who was speaking to reporters in Geneva at OHCHR, said that, “We are deeply concerned about the situation and by the (Syrian) Government's failure to take heed of international and regional calls for an end to the bloodshed.”
The Syrian troops have been using tanks and heavy artillery to pound cities and civilians in a bid to control the unrest. Some cities remain under siege for days now, said Shamdasani.
Stop Fundamentalism – Arab League members met today in Cairo to evaluate the situation in Syria. The group of countries decided to suspend Syrian’s membership in the league within 4 days if President Bashar Al-Assad continues to defy the international community in ending the violence against his people and stop the massive crackdown on dissent in that country.
The suspension will go into effect if Assad’s government does not submit to the peace plan designed to end violence started back in March in which over 3500 people have been killed up until now by government forces, according to the latest tally by United Nations.
Arab League also called for more economic and political sanctions to be imposed on Syria and for discussion channels to be opened with this country’s opposition, facilitating transition of power.
Stop Fundamentalism – Head of Iranian Islamic Culture and Communication Agency, Mohammad Bagher Khoramshad, told reporters today that the Islamic Republic is ready to share its experience and scientific accomplishments with the Muslim people of Egypt. This is yet another attempt by Iranian officials to show their aspiration to expand their version of Islamic government in nations that are freeing themselves from dictatorships in Arab Spring.
Since the Arab Spring started Iranian regime has not tried to hid its interest to be a role modle for the people of the region to follow. But recently even the most fanatic Islamic groups in the region are keeping distance and expressing despise from the regime.
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