Cairo, Mar 15, 2011- Scores of Syrians on Tuesday staged demonstrations before their embassy in Cairo, demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and a democratic transition of power.
The embassy staff clashed with the demonstrators and some Egyptians who had joined them in solidarity.
Syrian Ambassador Youssef Ahmed accused the American Embassy in Cairo of being behind this “conspiracy,” as he put it. “They were paid each LE50 to demonstrate,” he said.
Meanwhile, a number of Yemeni nationals also staged demonstrations before the Arab League headquarters, asking Secretary General Amr Moussa to pressure President Ali Abdallah Saleh to stop shooting at demonstrators in Yemen. They also asked him to dismiss the Yemeni representative to the league and their ambassador in Egypt.
A Yemeni official in Cairo, for his part, said the demonstrators do not represent the 70,000-strong Yemeni community in Egypt. He added that this proves the opposition to the regime is weak.