Saturday, May 28, 2011

At least eight killed in protests Friday in Syria

Cairo / Deauville. .- At least eight people were killed when Syrian security forces returned fire to disperse demonstrations during the "day of wrath" demanding the departure of President Bashar al-Assad, sources with the activists. The police and secret services tried to break up the protests with gunfire and sticks across the country, after thousands of people to lean back to the streets.

The troops fired on demonstrators scheme meeting in Banias, on the coast and in Al Hasaka, in the east. In Deir al Zor, in the northeast, 40 protesters were arrested as they left the Al ORFI, sources with the activists. The police attacked demonstrators with batons in Lattakia and Aleppo, where he took to the streets over 3,500 people.

Activists from mid-March asking political reforms and the resignation of Al Asad. Security forces were on alert following the call for protests. Overnight and there were protests in Damascus, Homs and Dara. In the last four protesters were killed by gunfire during a rally in Daeel district, according to opposition sources.

Advanced people chanting "God is great" in the midst of shooting in the air of the security forces to disperse them. It is not known whether they died at the hands of security agents. According to human rights groups, have been killed in the protests so far 1,100 people. Opponents call for more freedoms, political reforms and the resignation of President Asad.

Internet, the main vehicle of communication of opponents, is cut in the capital, Damascus, and its surroundings. They are also cut from two days ago in Harasta phones, Duma, Zamlaka, and other areas. And while the group of G8 (the seven most industrialized countries and Russia) threatened with further measures against the Syrian regime, while demanding the cessation of repression and political reforms, as the final declaration of the summit to be held in Deauville.

And his partner Turkey, whose Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in recent years developed a close relationship to Al Asad, Damascus warned of consequences if it continues its policy of repression. Assad needs a "shock therapy to regain the hearts of his fellow citizens," quoted as saying "The New York Times" Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.

"Unfortunately we see that every week, every Friday, more people die," said the head of Turkish diplomacy. The appointed day Turkish government officials urged Assad to launch a "national dialogue" that includes the Muslim Brotherhood pursued.

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