MKs join protest against Russian support of Damascus (JERUSALEM POST) By ERIC BERGER 06/13/12)
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Russia’s refusal to support the removal of Syrian President Bashar
Assad motivated protesters to gather Tuesday outside the hotel
hosting a Russian embassy party.
The protesters stood near the entrance to the Hilton Hotel on
Hayarkon Street and chanted “Syrian people call for help” alternately
in Hebrew, Russian and English. Russia has used its veto at the UN
Security Council to prevent Western forces from interfering in Syria,
but pressure has increased in recent weeks as government forces
continue to massacre innocent civilians, notably women and children.
Joining the protest was MK Ayoub Kara (Likud) who was invited to the
embassy’s event but said he could not comfortably attend while the
government used chemical weapons against women and children in Syria.
“I might be damaging myself politically because the policy of the
Israeli government is not to get involved, but I’m here as a
citizen,” Kara said.
The protest coincided with similar gatherings at Russian embassies
worldwide, all aimed at increasing pressure on Russian President
Vladimir Putin. Several organizations collaborated to mount what the
protesters called an apolitical rally.
The embassy event was in honor of the Russia Day holiday. As MKs Afo
Agbaria (Hadash) and Orit Zuaertz (Kadima) arrived to the hotel in
taxis, protesters chanted “Member of Knesset, don’t be a part of the
killing of children.” Baroch Oren, a software engineer who attended
the protest, said before supporting Assad’s removal, Russia could
start by halting the sale of weapons to the Syrian government, which
are used against civilians.
This was not the first instance of criticism against Russia’s blind
sale of weapons. Amnesty International organized a protest in April
of hundred of Sudanese refugees before the Russian embassy to voice
opposition to the sale of weapons from Russia to the Sudanese
government. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 06/13/12)
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