Saturday, April 2, 2011

21 people arrested in Syria after fresh protests

.- The Syrian security forces today arrested 21 people in the cities of Homs Deraa and after the demonstrations against the regime that developed yesterday, denounced the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. Four of those arrests took place in Deraa, in the south, while in the city of Homs, north of Damascus, were detained another 17, requires the organization in a statement posted on its website.

The NGO, which provided the identity of all those arrested, said that these arrests are linked to demonstrations yesterday in several cities against the regime of Bashar al-Asad. Also, the association said authorities still have detained a young blogger identified as Ahmed Khalifa. Finally, he urged Syrian officials to release all political prisoners and stop the arbitrary arrests of opponents and social activists and human rights.

He also urged the regime in Damascus to implement measures to ensure citizens' legitimate rights of assembly and expression without restrictions. Since mid-last month of the Syrian opposition groups have staged protests to demand political reforms the system of Al Asad, who has eleven years in power, since he succeeded his father, Hafez al-Assad.

These protests have been more than a hundred dead, according to human rights organizations.

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