More than one hundred people gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Canberra on Friday afternoon to protest Russia’s military support of Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria. The protesters, mostly Syrian Australians, shouted “down Putin” and “down Assad” out the front of the Embassy. There were no signs of movement within the embassy grounds. “We know how the Russians operate … they try to pretend they are not listening, but I know they are recording what we’re saying, and they are hearing what we’re saying,” Khaled Sattouf, president of Australian Syrian Relief, told SBS News. “Whether they take it on board or not, that’s up to them,” he said.
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