Crowd tries to storm Tunisia meeting

2012-02-24 17:17
Tunis - About 200 pro-Syrian demonstrators tried to storm the hotel where a conference is being held by Arab and Western officials over the crisis in Syria.

The protest forced US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be diverted to her hotel, delaying her appearance at the "Friends of Syria" conference.

The protesters, waving Syrian and Tunisian flags, tussled with police and carried signs criticising Clinton and US President Barack Obama.

Police wielding truncheons stopped them from entering the venue and drove them out of the parking lot after about 15 minutes.

The US and European and Arab allies are expected to back a proposal for Syria's president to step aside and allow in humanitarian assistance to end a brutal crackdown against opponents.

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