Syrian-Americans call for no-fly zone amid NATO summit

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, May 21, 2012 16:55 EDT
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While anti-war protesters rallied against NATO’s involvement in conflicts around the globe on Sunday, a group of Syrian-Americans gathered in Chicago to call on NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over their native country.

Activist claim more than 12,000 people have been killed by the Syrian government since protesters took the streets in March 2011. The conflict has recently spilled over into Syria’s western neighbor, Lebanon.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told AFP on Monday that the Cold War-era alliance of Western countries “had no intention to intervene” in Syria, even though the Western powers’ helped topple Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi last year.

“We strongly condemn the behavior of the Syrian security forces and their crackdowns on the Syrian population and we urge the Syrian leadership to accommodate the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” he said.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on May 21, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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