Switch to Forum Live View Anti-regime protests erupt across Syria
|1 year ago :: Mar 23, 2012 - 6:05PM #1|
Update from Syria
the anti-assad movement continues. Maybe the end is in sight.
Anti-regime protests erupt across Syria
Activists say more than 20 people killed nationwide in clashes between army and rebels
Tens of thousands of Syrians braved tear gas and gunfire to protest across the country Friday, vowing to storm the capital Damascus to oust President Bashar Assad as the European Union ramped up pressure on the regime by imposing sanctions on his wife and other close relatives.
Security forces deployed in many cities to disperse protests, but opposition groups reported fewer protester deaths than in past weeks. Activists said more than 20 people were killed nationwide in army attacks on opposition areas or clashes with armed rebels.
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Regime forces continued to pound oppositions areas Friday, and activists reported major shelling and fire with heavy machine-guns in the provinces of Homs in central Syria, Idlib in the north and Daraa.
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Activists reported dozens of anti-regime protests in towns and cities across Syria under the banner “Damascus, we are coming.” Security forces broke up many of them with gunfire and tear gas, and there were reports of wounded.
Activists reported fewer protester deaths and Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the Observatory, said he had yet to confirm a single protester death on Friday, remarking that this was unusual.
“We hope it happens like this every time because we don’t want anyone to die,” he said.
The Syrian government has barred most media from working in the country, and activist accounts could not be independently verifie
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