By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 31 July:
The National Organisation for the Protection of the 17 February Revolution and the Tripoli Union of Teachers . . .[restrict]have announced they are organising a joint demonstration after the Taraweeh prayers on Friday evening in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square against the governments of Iran, Russia and China for their support for the Assad regime in Syria.
In a joint statement, the two organisations also urged Libyans to boycott products from any country that supports the Damascus regime.
In February, Libyan demonstrators attacked the Russian embassy and daubed anti-Chinese graffiti on its embassy walls after the two countries vetoed an UN resolution calling on President Bashir Assad to resign and condemning the Assad regime’s violence against the Syrian opposition.
Attempts a couple of days later to storm the Iranian embassy because of its pro-Assad policies failed only because security there had been stepped up after the other two assaults.
This Friday’s protest is also against the killing of Muslims in Burma where in recent weeks, according to Amnesty International, hundreds of Muslims from the minority Rohingya community have been murdered, raped and beaten. The killings are widely seen as the result of the Burmese government’s anti-Rohingya campaign.
On Thursday the Libyan government condemned the massacres as well as the torching of mosques in Burma.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described what was happening as ‘odious crimes’. ??Calling for an urgent meeting of the Security Council to meet and condemn the Burmese government, the government said the international community had to take action to stop the oppression. [/restrict]