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Jordanians hold anti-Assad, Hezbollah demo

Members of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood and youth groups chant anti-Assad and anti-Hezbollah slogans as they take to the streets of Amman

AFP , Friday 21 Jun 2013
Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold up Jordanian national flags, and Syrian opposition flags during a demonstration to show their support for the opposition against the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and the intervention of the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran in Syrian affairs after Friday prayers in Amman June 21, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Members of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood and youth groups were among 1,500 people who took to the streets of Amman on Friday to protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

Demonstrators gathered outside the Al-Husseini mosque after Friday prayers to protest against Assad and the Lebanese Shiite movement which has sent fighters to bolster regime forces in Syria's bloody civil war.

The protesters chanted anti-Assad and anti-Hezbollah slogans, an AFP journalist reported.

They called Hezbollah -- the "party of God" in Arabic -- the "party of Satan", saying that the "true place for the resistance is Palestine", referring to Hezbollah's long-term role as champion against Israel.

Marchers also chanted: "Syria, country of free men, with the help of God, Bashar will fall."

Zaki Bani Rsheid, deputy leader of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, said: "The revolution of the Syrian people is a great revolution, not just one against the regime, but a tale of how a nation rose up against tyranny and repression."

"The battle of Qusayr revealed the falsity of the resistance," he said, adding that "the will of the Syrian people is capable of creating a regime of true resistance, not a false one."

Syrian regime troops and Hezbollah fighters assaulted the former rebel stronghold in central Homs province last month. A fierce battle ensued for nearly three weeks, and ended with a regime victory.

Rsheid said "the true place of the resistance is not in Syria but in Palestine", pointing out that "Bashar will share the same fate as (Moamer) Kadhafi and the others, because this is the will of the people," a reference to the late Libyan dictator toppled in 2011.

Foreign ministers of the "Friends of Syria" group meet in Doha on Saturday to discuss military help and other aid for rebels.

The UN says more than 93,000 people have died in the Syria conflict since March 2011 and that the 1.6 million refugees in other countries will grow to 3.4 million by the end of the year.

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