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Lexington rally shows support for Syrian Rebels

From left, Osama Sulieman, 14, a ninth grade student at Tates Creek whose family is from Palestine led the crowd with his cousin and friend Khaled Suleiman, 14, an eighth grade student at Lexington Universal Academy. On Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Courthouse Plaza in Lexington, Ky., the Muslim Student Association at the University of Kentucky held a rally to support Syrian rebels. Photo by Angela Baldridge
From left, Osama Sulieman, 14, a ninth grade student at Tates Creek whose family is from Palestine led the crowd with his cousin and friend Khaled Suleiman, 14, an eighth grade student at Lexington Universal Academy. On Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Courthouse Plaza in Lexington, Ky., the Muslim Student Association at the University of Kentucky held a rally to support Syrian rebels. Photo by Angela Baldridge Herald-Leader

About 50 to 60 people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza in downtown Lexington for a rally to support anti-government rebels in Syria.

People in the crowd chanted, held signs and listened to speakers. The rally was coordinated by the Muslim Student Association at the University of Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Syrian voters were to decide the fate of a new constitution in a Sunday referendum.

Aqsa Qureshi of the Muslim Student Association said the group plans to hold a charity dinner that will raise money to be used for aid to Syria. "We're working on that right now," she said.

Herald-Leader Staff Report

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