posted 2012-02-16 16:57:57

Syrians Protest Chinese and Russian Veto Outside Hunter

John Bolger

News Editor

Approximately 75 people gathered at the intersection of 67th street and Lexington Avenue Feb. 10 to protest Russia and China's decision to veto a UN resolution issuing an ultimatum to the embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down.  The protesters chose the intersection because of its proximity to the Russian mission one block away, which the protesters could not seek a permit for, one protester said.

The protesters chanted in English and Arabic, waved Syrian flags and held signs written in English, Arabic and Russian.  “No fly zone over Syria is our first priority now,” read one of the sings, another sign read “stop killing our children.”

The demonstration ended sharply once the permit expired.  Police presence was minimal and no confrontations broke out between police and the crowd.