Saturday, May 21, 2011

At least 34 protesters dead, including a child, in further protests in Syria

At least 34 civilians, including a child, were killed Friday in the city of Homs and Sanamein, after security forces opened fire on demonstrators protesting a day, against the regime of Bashar Assad , according to AFP. Pro-democracy groups were mobilized in the streets of several Syrian regions. After a statement released by the opposition, the people came out with olive branches in their hands and bare-chested as a symbol of peace.

Also in Aleppo, the second largest city, hundreds of opponents renounced violence and called for dialogue. "We are not Islamists or safalistas, we just want freedom," said Mustapha Radif, leader of a defense of Kurdish rights. The protesters, men, women and children, chanted hostile messages to the regime and for liberty.

Syrian repression against the opposition has claimed the lives of 850 people since last March 15. In addition, there are more than 8,000 detainees.

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