Tuesday, June 7, 2011

At least 120 victims in the clashes between Syrian police and protesters

Clashes between Syrian police and demonstrators in the town of Jisr al Shagur Monday caused at least 120 dead. This was stated by state television, blaming alleged "armed groups" operating in that city, located northwest of Damascus. Confirmed these figures, it would be the largest slaughter since the beginning of the protests.

Depending on the version of the scheme, about 80 members of the security services were killed in an ambush, while at least eight died in an explosion in the building of Jisr al Shagur Post. For their part, activists protesting for months against the regime of Bashar Asad say at least 37 civilians were killed by security forces.

The television reported that the rebel regime used residents as human shields and have taken refuge in the houses of people from shooting at military and civilian.
The official version says that the residents requested the immediate intervention of the army. During the weekend, that town and others nearby were subjected to bombardment by the armed forces and sniper fire. The so-called Local Coordinating Committees on Facebook assured that there have been divisions within the army and some deserters have found refuge among the residents of Jisr al Shagur.

The NGO added that the town is besieged and its inhabitants Monday stayed home to participate in a general strike. On the political front, Prime Minister Adel Safar ordered the creation of a committee of experts with the aim of preparing a new draft law for the formation of political parties.

The decision coincides with a dialogue on political reforms, which is handled by a body appointed last day 1 by President Asad. This new committee will submit the bill to Safar within a month for this, in turn, submit it to the public and then to the Government to take the right decision to respect.

The only certified training in Syria are part of a coalition known as the National Progressive Front (NPF), led by the head of state and controlled by the powerful ruling party, the Baath, which the Constitution is the one to lead the government State. From political protests that erupted in mid-March, the Asad regime has tried to appease them with the use of violence and taking some policy measures.

However, more than 1,000 civilians have died since the start of demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.

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