Syrian television Wednesday broadcast a speech by opposition chief Ahmad al-Jarba at peace talks in Switzerland alongside footage of terrorist crimes in Syria.
In a split screen, it showed al-Jarba on the right, under the heading "Montreux, Switzerland" , and on the left footage of death and destruction under the heading "Terrorist Crimes in Syria".
State television used the same format when Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministers, Ahmet Davutoglu and Saud al-Faisal, spoke.
While the two chief diplomats were shown on the right of the screen, the images on the left were of summary executions, bombings, pools of blood, destroyed buildings and dead bodies, including the body of a child.
The two sides in Syria’s nearly 3-year-old conflict are meeting in Switzerland for the so-called Geneva-2 talks, a U.S-Russian initiative to try to end the violence.
Separately, several groups of protesters gathered in the Swiss city to stage sit-ins or other forms of peaceful actions to draw world attention to the need to halt the fighting.
And at least two altercations – one verbal, one physical – were reported and caught on film, involving pro-opposition stations and government supporters.
Orient TV said its reporter, Haifa Bouzo, was confronted by "thugs" affiliated with Syrian media delegation, as a crowd of reporters and cameramen looked on. Both screamed questions and accusations at each other, until the unidentified man questioned whether the reporter was Syrian, and shouting the challenge:
"If you are Syrian, you should fight for Syria".
In addition, a camera crew from Al-Aan television filmed a confrontation in the streets of Montreux, where it said that at least two stick-wielding supporters of the Syrian government clashed with a number of female opposition supporters. A few individuals finally managed to separate the two sides.