Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) Stands in Solidarity with Student Protestors at University of Aleppo, Urges United Nations to Condemn Regime Attacks Against Peaceful Demonstrators

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The Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) stands in solidarity with the hundreds of student protestors from University of Aleppo, who took to the main square of the campus on May 17 2012 in protest of the Assad regime while United Nations observers were present. SEO urges the United Nations observers not to abandon these students, leaving them vulnerable to arrest and torture by the regime in the aftermath of this significant event.

Student protesters in Aleppo University

The Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) stands in solidarity with the hundreds of student protestors from University of Aleppo, who took to the main square of the campus on May 17 2012 in protest of the Assad regime, while United Nations observers were present. According to reports in the New York Times, tear gas was used to disperse the crowd and regime loyalists threw rocks at the students, in view of the UN observers. It was not immediately clear how many were arrested or injured.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/18/world/middleeast/protesters-set-upon-at-aleppo-university-despite-monitors.html

SEO Board Chairman, Dr Iyad Azrak, states “We commend the brave students of the University of Aleppo for organizing this protest, despite the dangers faced. Their courage and resolve to speak out for their freedom shows the youth of Syria are tired of the status quo, and are enraged by the killing of their fellow Syrians by the Assad regime. We call upon the United Nations to condemn the attacks perpetrated by Assad loyalists against peaceful protestors at University of Aleppo, and throughout Syria. We also urge the United Nations observers not to abandon these students, leaving them vulnerable to arrest and torture by the regime in the aftermath of this significant event.”

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