Syrians hold 'I am not afraid' protest at Syrian Embassy - London
A group of Syrian pro-democracy campaigners were joined today at the Syrian Embassy in Belgrave Square by members of Amnesty International to launch their "I Am Not Afraid" protest. 4th October 2011
Exiled Syrian dissidents were joined at the Syrian embassy in Belgrave Square today by members of Amnesty International to protest against the Assad regime's covert campaign of harassment via its embassy officials who have been monitoring Syrians based overseas and have engaged in intimidation and extreme violence against their families back home in Syria. In their investigative report "The Long Reach of the Mukhabaraat", which refers to Shu'bat al-Mukhabarat al-'Askariyya - the Syrian Secret Service, led by General Abdel-Fatah Qudsiyeh - more than 30 documented cases have come to light where activists based in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Canada and Chile and their families back home have been intimidated and harassed. Several families have been severely beaten and tortured by the Mukhbaraat in Syria in an attempt to silence these overseas critics who are working flat out to make sure the world does not forget the plight of the Syrians who are being massacred by their own government, with the support of the Iranian government.
The protesters' response today was to arrive at the embassy holding black placards on which was written in white lettering their names and the message "I Am Not Afraid", along with the Amnesty International logo, challenging Assad's embassy agents, and to let the Syrian government know that not only is the entire world watching the savage treatment of dissidents in Syria at the hands of overwhelming force from the army, militias and the sdecret service, but also that the embassies around the world are being monitored by human rights organisations, presumably to put pressure on the Syrians to stop this overtly illegal behaviour. The protesters are demanding that the Syrian ambassador in London be ejected from the UK.
The protesters were later jopined by Egyptian pro-democracy activist Azza Ahmed Zaki, who rose to prominence during the Egyptian Revolution earlier this year.