Syrian activists to hold 'mock funeral' for Arab League in Cairo
In response to the Arab League's failure to take a firm position against the Syrian regime's bloody crackdown on protests, Syrian activists in Cairo will hold a mock funeral to highlight the League's shortcomings
Ahram Online, Friday 11 Nov 2011
Members of the Syrian opposition delegation talk to Arab League Secretary General Nabil Alarabi (R) at the Arab League headquarters, in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
Syrian activists plan to hold a mock funeral for the Arab League highlight the diplomatic body’s weak and ineffectual response to the Syrian crisis.
Activists called for a protest on Friday morning to express their anger at the Arab League because of its refusal to cancel its ”Arab Initiative,” to end violence and find a political solution to the Syrian crisis. According to the group, the league has also ignored a statement signed by 230 Syrian activists, artists, academics and journalists demanding that the Arab League freezes Syria’s membership to the league.
In a statement released by the activists, they revealed that they will hold Muslim and Christian funeral services at the headquarters of the Arab League in downtown Cairo. They will also distribute an obituary of the League to the pedestrians around downtown Cairo.
“The deceased Arab League from the ocean to the Gulf and the children of the deceased, the delegates of the Arab regimes express their pain at the loss of their precious league, which died in 2011 as a result of the Arab spring ‘accident’ and took its last breath at the beginning of the Syrian revolution. We will bury its body without hesitation in the graveyard of its black history," the group wrote in a statement.
Today the League is expected to hold a ministerial level meeting at its headquarters to discuss the Arab Initiative, which has already been agreed to by the Bashar regime.
“But the Syrian regime followed its recognition to the initiative with more savage attacks on the city of Homs and the city of Hama,” the statement said.