Expert: Muslim Brothers in Syria try to sow discord between people and government
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 8 /Trend, A.Tagiyeva/
Commenting on the statement by the Syrian current of the Muslim Brothers organization that they will continue protest actions, a political expert on Syria said that this statement proves that their goal is not to expand the rights and abolish the state of emergency, but their own interests.
"The Muslim Brothers organization in Syria demanded the abolition of the state of emergency and adoption of a multiparty system. Having achieved this, it continues protest actions. This testifies that the Muslim Brothers have other interests," Husni Mahalli told Trend by telephone from Istanbul.
He compared the statement by the Muslim Brothers with the statement by the leader of the Syrian Kurds Habib Ibrahim, who said that despite that the Syrian president gave the citizenship to Syrian Kurds, they would continue the protest.
"In both cases it is clear that the purpose of the religious organization and the Kurds were not to get the big civil rights, to bring discord and strife between the people and government," he said.
On Thursday, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that will provide citizenship to the Syrian Kurds. Recently President Assad met with Kurdish leaders in the Hasaka region in north-east, where many Kurds live.
The measure is one of several within the overall liberalization promised by Assad after the protests in the country in recent weeks. It affects nearly 300,000 Kurds living in Syria.
Kurdish leader Habib Ibrahim said that despite this, the Kurds will continue struggle for their rights through non-violent means. Kurds are forbidden to hold public office and they were not given Syrian passports.
Earlier, the Muslim Brothers in Syria said they would continue the protest. They called on the Syrian people not to be deceived by Assad's promises on reforms and to achieve their rights.
The impetus for the events in Deraa, where the riots began and later spread to other parts of the country, was the arrest of pupils who wrote anti-government slogans on walls and fences. People took to the streets to demand their release. The clashes with police last week killed dozens of people.
Mahalli stressed that the events that took place in Libya will not occur in Syria.
"The majority of the population in Syria does not want the president's resignation and is satisfied with the regime. Their only requirement was to carry out reforms," the expert added.