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US protests support Arab uprisings
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 17:12:17 GMT
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Protesters have gathered in Washington once again to support the popular uprisings taking place from Libya to Bahrain and across the Arab world.

“This is the first organization that's actually uniting all the countries in the Middle East and North Africa to stand in solidarity with all the pro-democracy movements going on in that region,” an organizer of the event, Murooj al-Wazir, told Press TV.

Protesters representing countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa discussed the human rights violations taking place in that region in their movements for freedom and reform.

“I came here today to protest the killings in Libya, and demand that Colonel Gaddafi and his sons leave the governing [body] of Libya and let the Libyan people themselves decide their own destiny and their own future,” one protester told Press TV.

“We stand in solidarity with the Yemeni protesters demanding Ali Abdullah Saleh's resignation and we've been protesting every day in front of the White House,” al-Wazir added.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain were also targeted specifically for human rights violations and the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

“I'm here to call for the release of all human rights prisoners, all people who are in jail in Saudi Arabia just because they speak out,” another protester told Press TV.

“The Saudi excursion of Bahrain is an extreme disgrace, and it shows you that the Saudi regime is not willing to allow any democratic movement within its country or around it or anywhere in the [Persian] Gulf area, the Arab world, or the Muslim world,” Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CDHR) Ali Alyami told Press TV.

Although this was one of the first unified protests, more are expected to be launched in solidarity with the freedom movements currently under way throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

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