PPP, Trade Unions tell US “Hands off Syria”

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PPP General Secretary (left) and Party Member, Zulficar Mustapha lead the protest in front the US Embassy. [iNews’ Photo]
By Kurt Campbell

A message of opposition was today (September 12) sent to the  United States of America administration against its threats to conduct military action against the Syrian Arab Republic when about 120 Guyanese picketed the United States Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana.

The 120 Guyanese who marched in silence with placards in their hands represented the Peoples Progressive Party Civic and several local Trade Union Movements including the Guyana Labor Union (GLU), the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), The Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU) The National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) and the Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA).
The groups believe that any military strike against Syria will be unjust, illegal and will be a grave war crime based on international laws. The groups further stated that any US led military bombing of Syria will be a violation of that country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and holds no solution to the Syrian crisis.
On the contrary it will they say, result in greater destruction of the country and aggravation of the suffering and misery of its people who are already traumatized.
Leading the picket action was Guyana’s Security Minister and PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee who called for a negotiated political resolution through the United Nations.
Rohee said, “Guyana have always been against military intervention in any country, even in our own”, adding that “there could be far reaching implications” if the US launches any air strike on Syria.
Governments across the world, and even the US government are divided on the issue, and the United Nations and the European Union have already noted their opposition to any military intervention by the US in Syria.IMG_0509
According to reports, Britain and the US are finalizing plans to launch limited punitive military strikes at the end of the week against the regime of Bashar al-Assad over the “abhorrent” use of chemical weapons near the Syrian capital, Damascus, last week.
The US had said they would intervene if it had evidence that Syria used chemical weapons which it has categorically rejected. However, the UN is still to make known its findings on whether chemical weapons were used.

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