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Damascus Erupts in Protests for Gaza

New America Media, Gallery, Shane Bauer Posted: Dec 30, 2008

Editor's Note: The day after Israel began pummeling Gaza with bombs, Damascus erupted in rage. Some called it the bloodiest day in Gaza since the occupation began--some 300 were killed and 700 injured in just two days. Anti-Israeli groups based in Damascus came out of the woodwork, gathering with some 5,000 people at Yusif al-Azmeh square. The horizon was cluttered with the flags and banners of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hezbollah, and the Iraqi Sadrists.

The demonstration seemed to be government orchestratedpeople were bussed in and official TV channels were at the scene two hours in advancebut the anger was clearly genuine. A truck stacked with masked men in white wearing fake suicide belts screamed calls for "jihad" against Israel and led crowds of people in fist-pumping chants calling for "struggle in the name of God." In other parts of the square, Palestinian groups denounced Israel as well as Islamism.

"I came here to stand alongside my brothers in Gaza and against the aggression and rape of Gaza," said Ismael Balaan, a 45-year-old telecommunications worker. "Israel doesn't want peace." Syrian government spokespersons have since backed away from the possibility of Israel-Syria peace negotiations. NAM contributor Shane Bauer has this photo essay.

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