Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pressure on Syria after the bloodiest day

"Extremely concerned." This showed on Friday U.S., France and Britain after the 'Great Friday' in Syria, the largest demonstration against the regime of Bashar Assad, has become the bloodiest day since the protests began against the regime with at least 112 demonstrators killed by security forces in Asad, according to a list published by the group 'The Syrian Revolution' in their social network site Facebook.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Friday in cities across Syria, calling for the "fall of the regime." The mass protests reflect the hardening of their demands, which initially focused on reform and greater freedoms. Syrian protest has now reached a point of no return: the protesters considered inadequate and misleading the repeal of the emergency, announced this Thursday.

The protest was yet stained with blood. The security forces have fired live ammunition and tear gas against demonstrators, leaving dozens dead and wounded. "Syrian security forces have committed massacres in various cities and regions, leaving far more than 70 dead and hundreds injured," announced the Syrian Committee for the defense of human rights, based in London, in a statement.

The U.S. president, Barack Obama has condemned the use of violence by the Syrian government against demonstrators, and has accused President Bashar Assad to seek Iran's help to quell protests in her country. "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force by the Syrian government protesters.

The appalling use of violence to suppress protests must cease immediately," he said in a statement in the key harder than it has employee with Syria since the start of the protests. Syria on Friday lived bloodiest day since the beginning of the protests. Obama believes that the steps taken so far by the Syrian president "would not seriously", as evidenced by the violent suppression of protests.

Obama accuses Assad and other Syrian officials "putting his personal interest to the Syrians, the use of force and committing human rights violations scandalous, which adds to the security measures already repressive and that have remained in place since before the protests began. " The U.S.

president also accused the Syrian leader directly to seek Iran's help to quell the protests. "Instead of listening to his own people, President Assad blamed abroad, while at the same time seeks Iran's help to crack down on Syrian citizens with the same brutal tactics that have used their Iranian allies," Obama said.

In this regard, he urged the Syrian leader to "change course now, and to heed the calls of their own people." He recalled that in the past two months since the protests began in Syria, Washington has repeatedly encouraged to Al Asad and the Syrian Government to implement serious reforms, but they "refuse to respect the rights of the Syrians or answer your aspirations, "he lamented.

Also the British foreign secretary, William Hague, he was "extremely concerned" about reports of deaths and injuries throughout Syria and called for restraint on the Syrian authorities. "I condemn the unacceptable killing of demonstrators by Syrian security forces. I ask the security forces to show proof of prior restraint and punish the Syrian authorities to respect the right of people to demonstrate peacefully," the chief urges diplomacy British in a statement.

"Political reforms should go ahead and start without delay. The emergency law must be raised in practice, not just in words," Hague said, as quoted by the BBC. For its part, Paris, which administered the area since the end of the First World War until Syria gained independence in 1946 - called on the authorities to "renounce the use of violence against its citizens" and implement reforms, according to a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, issued late on Friday.

For his part, President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, has considered "unacceptable" the "violent repression of peaceful demonstrations across Syria." "The blood you should stop now (...). The Syrian regime must recognize that times change and go to meet the legitimate aspirations of their own people," he assured.

In Syria today was called Good Friday, a qualifier with religious and political connotations, because it is called Good Friday in Christian communities of the Middle East because the opposition wanted the protest today was the largest. Since the morning the capital, Damascus and other cities were guarded by an impressive security device by the police and the army that was not seen in a long time in this country.

The entrances to Damascus were closed and transport to various areas of the capital was banned, as neighbors contacted by Efe and opposition sources. A similar situation prevailed in the central city of Homs and the southern Deraa, localities in which the highest number of victims by the protests of recent weeks.

The demonstrations began after noon prayers on Friday, the largest weekly religious holiday for Muslims. Images reproduced by Arab television channels, some of them broadcast over the Internet by activists of the opposition, showed crowds marched peacefully through different cities, despite the tight security.

According to human rights activist Haizam Maleh, one of the figures of the country's most respected opposition, the victims were killed by gunfire from security forces and "groups of thugs" (the dreaded Shabih) who attacked the demonstrators, a form of repression that has been common during political protests in this country.

Among the areas where riots have occurred are the locations of the outskirts of Havana in Douma, Harasta, Tel and Maadamía and in the towns of Dera, Izra, Hama, Homs and Hauran. Syrian neighbors from different locations and medical sources consulted by Arab chains complained that the crackdown was extended to some health centers, which were surrounded by security forces so they could not get there the wounded.

"The protests are increasing and the regime is incapable of finding a solution, so you should leave," said Maleh.

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