In Syria, massive demonstrations against the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the recently signed peace treaty between Egypt and Israel continue.
In Syria, massive demonstrations against the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the recently signed peace treaty between Egypt and Israel continue. On Saturday (31 March) Palestinians at the Yarmouk Camp near Damascus chanted slogans against the Egyptian President, in favour of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrations like this one, at the Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees began last week Syria. The Syrians have condemned the peace treaty, signed in Washington between israel and Egypt, as a pact of shame and treason. Damascus Radio have announced that irrespective of the extent of American support for Egypt's President Sadat will suffer the same fate as a traitor.
The ruling Syrian party's newspaper Al-Batth said President Sadat's government should be toppled and the United States government severely punished for their initiative in the peace treaty. the newspaper has stepped up its part of a campaign by the Syrian news media against the peace pact.
The Arab League conference has been described as a triumph for Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians. He was strongly backed by the Syrians in persuading the conference to agree to cut back financial aid to the Egyptians. And except for Sudan and Oman all members of the Arab league have agreed to withdraw their ambassadors from Cairo immediately.
More than a hundred thousand people participated in Saturday's demonstration at Yarmouk Camp. This campaign is only part of a concerted effort by the hard-line Arab nations to punish Egypt for their new relationship with Israel.