Jordan Islamists (Hizb ut-Tahrir) demonstrate in support of Syrian protests
Amman – Hundreds of Jordanian Islamist fundamentalists demonstrated Wednesday outside the Syrian embassy in Amman to express backing for pro-democracy protesters inside Syria.
Almost all demonstrators belonged to Hizb Ut-Tahrir, a radical Islamic political movement that seeks the re-establishment of the Caliphate Islamic state in the Arab world.
They raised placards and shouted slogans calling on all Muslims to extend help to the Syrian protesters in the run-up for the setting up of an Islamic state.
They also lashed out at the Syrian regime for committing ‘massacres’ against the people.
Meanwhile, more than 150 Jordanian trucks were on Wednesday stranded on the Syrian side of the border with Jordan as the closure of the frontier posts entered its third day, local media reports said.
Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs Taher Adwan said that the closure of the border was decided by the Syrian side, while Damascus denied the borders were closed.
Syria alleged two weeks ago that the Jordanian border was used by certain terrorist groups to smuggle weapons to Syria, a claim that was denied by Amman.
The Jordanian telecommunication authorities have also reportedly instructed the three mobile operators in the country to confine their coverage to Jordanian territory after Syrian citizens in the southern Daraa city said they were able to use Jordanian mobile coverage to avert the crackdown of their government.
Syrian protesters put appeals to Jordanians on Facebook to pressure their government to go back on the decision.
In response to the appeal, a Jordanian rights group known as the Group of 36 issued a statement on Wednesday criticising the Jordanian government’s decision to withhold mobile coverage from southern Syria.
‘The decision runs counter to the freedom of expression and helps to obliterate facts of what is going on in this beleaguered city’, the group said referring to Daraa, a flashpoint of the Syrian unrest.