Thursday, May 19, 2011

U.S. imposes sanctions against Bashar Assad and key Syrian ministers

Washington sanctioned directly to Syrian President Bashar Assad, for his role in the repression of street protests last week to challenge his regime. The decision is an "effort to increase pressure on the Damascus government to stop the violence against the people and begin the transition to a democratic system," a U.S.

administration official. The sanctions also affect the chief ministers of the Assad regime, accused of violating human rights of its citizens. It is not clear what the practical consequences of the decision by the U.S., but in any case is a strong message to the Syrian regime. "It's a clear message to Assad and his collaborators, which will be held responsible for the violence in their country," he said in a statement David S.

Cohen, vicesecratario of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. President Barack Obama had already imposed on April 29 a first set of penalties against several leaders of the Syrian government. Among them, the dictator's brother, Maher Assad. The EU also Shabi punished 13 officials, including several relatives of the head of state.

And they agreed on Wednesday the Twenty direct punishment against Assad and other leaders, but will have to wait on Monday to EU foreign ministers give their approval to the initiative. So far neither Washington nor Brussels were punished directly to the president of Syria, despite the crackdown on demonstrators, killing some 800 people, as they say NGOs.

For its part, Russia rejects any interference in the Arab country. At least eight people were killed Wednesday in the town of Talkl Kalakh, a city in western Syria besieged by troops of the regime. Meanwhile, President Assad claimed that the crisis was "about to end." Businesses and schools functioned normally on Wednesday in Damascus, despite the general strike called by the opposition in the country.

"The strong offensive scheme to deter people to show their discontent abiertamiente," said an activist.

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