Jordanians mark 1,000 days since start of Syrian conflict
Around 100 Jordanians and Syrians gathered outside the Syrian embassy on Friday to mark 1,000 days since the “Syrian revolution” began.
During the demonstration, organised by the Muslim Brotherhood, participants performed noon prayers.
Waving the Syrian resistance flag, they chanted slogans expressing support for the opposition against President Bashar Assad in Syria.
Ali Abul Sukkar, president of the Jordanian Commission to Support the Syrian People (JCSSP), said the past 1,000 days showed that Syrians are willing to make sacrifices for the sake of their freedom and dignity.
Not all revolutions take a few days to achieve their goals, he added.
“It took some revolutions in Europe years to achieve their goals, like in France and Greece,” Abul Sukkar told The Jordan Times during the demonstration, noting that the Syrian revolution is for the sake of the whole Arab nation.
The JCSSP president said the revolution has helped Syrians overcome the fear they lived in for years.
Al Baraa Adnan, one of the demonstrators, expressed pessimism over an upcoming conference aimed at reaching a political solution to the Syrian conflict, saying it will not contribute to ending the instability in Syria.
The so-called Geneva II conference is a follow-up to one held in the Swiss city in June 2012, where world powers called for a Syrian transition government, Agence France-Presse reported.
The multinational January 22 opening session will be held in Montreux, a city northeast of Geneva, before talks involving the opposing Syrian delegations are to continue in Geneva from January 24, according to AFP.
The conference has been put off repeatedly, in part because of fundamental disagreements over the fate of Assad, but also because of disputes over who should represent the Syrian opposition and government, and whether Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers should be at the table, according to The Associated Press.
Anas Bassam, another protester, said the instability within the ranks of the opposition has also made the revolution drag on, with no end in sight.
“Both the opposition inside the country and outside Syria have their own agendas,” he claimed, also blaming “foreign armed troops” for exacerbating the conflict.