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Syrian Opposition Flag Unfurled at Eiffel Tower

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Activists on Friday unfurled a giant flag of the Syrian opposition on construction scaffolding under the legs of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Le Nouvel Observateur reported.

PARIS, July 27 (RIA Novosti) - Activists on Friday unfurled a giant flag of the Syrian opposition on construction scaffolding under the legs of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Le Nouvel Observateur reported.

The seven-by-thirty meter green-white-black tricolor with three stars on the white stripe - and speckled with simulated blood stains - was attached by activists of the “France Syria Democracy” organization. The organization campaigns for a foreign military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

“The international community, through its inaction, becomes an accomplice of al-Assad. It’s time to act,” said Ismael Hashem, the president of an organization and one of the two climbers who attached the flag.

“Thousands of people were killed by Asad's bullets. This is because the international community is doing nothing,” he said.

About a dozen campaigners held banners condemning the Assad regime.

Police cordoned off the area and ordered tourists to evacuate the tower. Hashem and another climber were detained by the police.

The Syrian opposition uses the flag of the Syrian Republic (1930-1958), which was also the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic in 1961-1963.

 

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