Hundreds of Syrians, foreigners demonstrate against U.S. policy

Arab World Materials 1 May 2011 23:40 (UTC +04:00)

Hundreds of Syrians and foreigners demonstrated Sunday in front of the United States embassy in Damascus, calling on the United States to stop "meddling in Syria' s internal affairs," Syria's Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

SANA said demonstrators carried banners demanding the United States to "mind its own internal affairs" before lecturing " freedom and human rights" to other countries, while, some banners pointed out the U.S. violation of human rights in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and Abu Ghareeb prisons, Xinhua reported.

Demonstrators criticized the United States' "double standards" in concentrating on what's happening in Syria, while "turning a blind eye to Israeli crimes against Palestinians," the report said.

Raic Lat, a Russian, told SANA that "I participate in all demonstrations to demand America to stop meddling in Syria's affairs." He added "I live among Syrians and they will sort out their problems on their own."

Syria has been gripped by more than six weeks of protests calling for freedom and reforms, some of which turned violent and resulted in many casualties among military personnel and civilians. The government blamed the unrest on "armed gangs and conspirators", saying they sow seeds of chaos and sectarian strife in the country.