Syrian opposition members rule out foreign help

ALGIERS - Syrian opposition figures in Algeria spoke out on Saturday against any foreign intervention as the bloody crackdown on anti-government protests continued.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 30 Jul 2011, 10:19 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:32 AM

“We refuse all foreign intervention, we refuse to carry weapons,” said Adnane el-Bouch, a Syrian lawyer living in Algeria, during a meeting of a Syrian support committee at Amnesty International premises.

“It’s a peaceful revolution... our weapons are cameras and mobile phones.

“It’s not a revolution of an ethnic group or a party, but of a people.”

About 50 people gathered for the meeting with the theme “Save the Children of Syria,” during which a minute of silence was held for the young victims of the unrest.

Lawyer and committee member Nidal Debbah said that more than 100 children had died “from bullets or torture” since protests against the ruling regime of Bashar al-Assad began in March.

The committee published a list of 85 youngsters, aged three to 17, said to have been killed and screened video footage of dead and injured children.

Mustapha Bouchachi, president of the Algerian Human Rights Defence League (LADDH), meanwhile criticised his own country’s authorities.

“The position of the Algerian people is one of solidarity with the Syrian people campaigning for dignity and democracy.

“It’s a position that contradicts that of the Algerian regime.”

More than 7,000 Syrians live in Algeria, including some who have taken on Algerian nationality, according to the committee.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said 1,888 people have been killed since the protests began, 1,519 of them civilians and 369 members of the security forces.



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