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Syrians Protest Outside London Embassy

Syrians Protest Outside London Embassy
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Child on man's shoulders holds placard in protest in crowd of men clapping in front of embassy.
Syrians Protest Outside London Embassy
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Man stamps on portrait of President Bashar al-Assad crossed through in red in middle of crowd of protesters.
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Young boy holding placard is held up above crowd of protesters outside embassy.
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Men with megaphones and Syrian flag in crowd opposite embassy, one with arm raised high towards it.
Syrians Protest Outside London Embassy
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Ornate frame around pictures of Syrian protesters killed by government displayed on fence in front of holly hedge around Belgrave Square gardens.
Syrians Protest Outside London Embassy
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Protester holds placard of with crossed out image of President Bashar al-Assad and text 'Murderer Child Killer' next to large crossed out portrait of him.
Syrians Protest Outside London Embassy
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Part of crowd opposite the embassy with megaphones, Syrian flag and man held on another's shoulders clapping.
Syrians Protest Outside London Embassy
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Protesters raise hands and clap around speaker with megaphone in protest.
Syrians Protest Outside London Embassy
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Man dances while others clap and another holds megaphone as part of Syrian protest.
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Women at the protest watch and film the men.
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Women and men watch the protest, one woman raises her arm.
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President Bashar al-Assad's portrait crossed out over a sign 'Go To Hell' partly obscured by a Syrian flag.
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Placard on edge of protest 'Russia + China Thank's We're Dying' with crossed out portrait of President Bashar al-Assad on top.
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More than a hundred Syrians turned up for a peaceful but noisy protest opposite the Syrian Embassy against government attacks on the Syrian people. London, UK. 11 June 2011.

More than a hundred Syrians held a peaceful but noisy protest opposite the Syrian Embassy in London's Belgrave Square against government attacks on the Syrian people for holding peaceful demonstrations in Syria. The called for President Bashar al-Assad and his regime to go and for democratic changes in their country.

The protesters were particularly appalled at the news currently emerging from Syria, including reports of the use of helicopter gunships against peaceful protesters in Maarat al-Numaab and the 'revenge' attacks against villages around Jisr al-Shugour, where crops have been burnt, livestock killed, olive trees uprooted and villages destroyed and tanks are now said to have sealed off the town, from which around 80% of the people are said to have fled to Turkey.

While I was there the men were chanting, jumping up and down, clapping and waving arms vigorously at the Syrian embassy across the road, while the women mainly stood to one side and demonstrated more quietly, with a number of them filming and photographing the men's protest.

Among the protesters who told me they represented Syrians of all groups and religions were Kurds from northern Syria, and as well as many Syrian flags there were one or two with Kurdistan flags on display.

The embassy was guarded by a couple of armed police and more officers were waiting nearby in a van, but the protest remained peaceful and made no attempt to approach the embassy, where there were no signs of life.

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