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Syria Demands U.S. End "Brutal Repression" of Lawful Protesters
1/8/2012 7:05 AM Coyle
In a speech broadcasted throughout Syria yesterday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called on the United States to end its violent crackdown of Occupy Wall Street protesters, declaring that America should listen to the will of the people and become a more democratic society.
President al-Assad said that he was disturbed to hear reports of the violent measures taken by the American government to suppress the growing protests, including the use of pepper spray on non-violent students and elderly women as well as the forced eviction of peaceful protesters from public parks and other venues.
"The world can no longer sit idly by as the American government continues their unlawful crusade against citizens who are demanding reasonable reform," said al-Assad during the speech. "Let it be known that Syria stands with the protesters in the United States. Indeed, Syria supports all non-Syrian protesters in their quest for freedom."
The Syrian President did not take the threat of economic sanctions off the table, declaring that he would go to the United Nations if the American government did not change its ways immediately.
In response, the United States defended its actions against the protesters as a reasonable response to the threat to its sovereignty. In addition, the United States protested Syria's meddling in their own domestic affairs and demanded that Syria mind its own business in such matters.
"Syria has no right to inject itself into our political system," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during an afternoon press conference. "It's not like we go over there and overthrow their governments every time we don't like something they do."
The threat of sanctions seemed to have no immediate effect on the U.S. effort to break the protests as police and other security personnel continued to clash with protesters in cities across the country.
In a prepared statement, the Arab League expressed concern over the growing repression against the protesters in the United States. The Arab League also expressed their support for the Syrian effort to impose economic sanctions on the United States. Indeed, the Arab League did not rule out the possibility of a no-fly zone over several American cities in order to protect protesters against retaliation by the government.
The United States threatened severe repercussions for any country who participated in a possible no-fly zone over the country. In no uncertain terms, Carney made clear that any no-fly zone over the United States would be an illegal act of aggression and would be dealt with accordingly. "As of this moment, the United States does not support no-fly zones in any way, shape or form," said Carney. - Return to Previous Page
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