AMMAN – Hundreds of Islamist activists from Hizb Al Tahrir group protested in front of the Syrian embassy on Wednesday in support of Syria’s popular uprising, calling for an end to bloodshed in the neighbouring country.
Holding placards to denounce attack on civilians, protesters chanted pro-freedom slogans.
“Syria, we are with you and we are obliged to help you,” read one banner held by activists, who accused the Syrian regime of committing crimes against humanity as the army entered Daraa to crack down on protesters.
“We want to say that Syria shares the same characteristics as the arrogant and barbaric regimes of Libya and Israel,” said Mamdouh Mahmoud, secretary general of the Hizb Al Tahrir.
“This is a crime. A true crime. The people of Syria deserve a better leadership,” he told The Jordan Times on the sidelines of the protest.
The demonstrators, however, rejected international intervention in Syria’s affairs, but stressed that Syrians need moral support from all Arabs.
“We need to go out and shout against repression. Syria is a very important part of the region’s history and future,” said Abd Al Elah Mahmoud, a 22-year-old university student.
He said the Arab League should exert more pressure on the Syrian regime to end the military campaign against protesters.
Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 400 civilians during their crackdown on the month-long pro-democracy protests, according to Syrian human rights organisation Sawasiah.
The embassy compound has witnessed several protests during the past weeks, mostly by Syrians living in Jordan.