Sunday, April 10, 2011

37 deaths reported by Syrian police repression

A human rights group said security forces killed at least 37 people during demonstrations on Friday in Syria. The National Organization for Human Rights in the country said in a statement that 30 people were killed in the southern city of Dera, the epicenter of the protests. Three people died in the central city of Homs and three others died in Harasta, a suburb of Damascus, as well as another fatality recorded in Douma.

The Syrian National Organization for Human Rights published a list with the names of 30 people killed in protests in Deraa and surrounding towns. On its website, the organization reported that Syrian security forces in Dera crimes perpetrated against unarmed civilians, prevented the transport of wounded to the hospital in the city and tear gas.

Consulted human rights activists yesterday offered a figure of 17 fatalities in Deraa, while Interior Ministry sources said that 19 members of the security forces had shot dead by gunmen. Also, authorities said protesters indiscriminately arrested and raided homes in search of armed groups in Deraa and other cities.

As for the rest of fatalities, the NGO said in the city of Homs, north of Damascus, killing three people and two were wounded, shot in the head and legs. In addition, there were four deaths in rural areas of the province of Damascus, three in Harasta and one in Doma, scene of heavy clashes last week.

"What is happening in Syria is a flagrant violation of the rights and freedoms of the majority of Syrian people." The organization urged the Syrian regime to end the harassment of the press and satellite television channels and to allow visitors to areas of the protests to report the facts.

Finally, he stressed the need for the authorities to replace the police repression by the compliance to the demands of the people and the release of the hundreds arrested during the protests. Deraa has become a point of violence, which the government attributed to armed gangs rule out the presence of people who seek reforms in the country.

But several groups called for reform have shaken President Bashar Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for more than 40 years. Samar Yazbek, 41, born in Jable, in northern Syria predominantly Alawite, he approached in his four novels taboo, political and religious, in their country. But despite defending the rights of women and freedom of expression, Yazbek was hardly expressed in public.

The wave of protests that plunges to Syria since last month - the highest since the coming to power 11 years ago, President Bashar Assad - has prompted to be less discreet in conversation with the country by telephone, when its operating line and through e-mail .- The street environment is safe and sorry.

People talk, however, much in the street, in cafes. His words make it clear that there is much hunger for freedom and peaceful change. The Syrians are civilized people and have a well educated, but their citizenship rights, their freedoms, their aspiration to live a decent life are not respected.

I think this situation will last a long time .- It is still too early to talk about Arab spring not only in Syria but throughout the Middle East region. I have fear, but also some hope. I have fear for those who take to the streets, who are detained, they die. I have fear for my country, where the system will take the country .- The protests came on Friday, but other days a week with unequal participation.

Its frequency and its inflows tend, however, to increase rapidly .- The Syrians have in common with these people several words that repeat without getting tired: freedom, democracy, dignity, change. But Syria has a strategic position sensitive. Israel faces, or at least that's what it says the regime, and that's the best trick plays with power against their opponents.

Also Syria is an ethnic and religious mosaic that can crack. Would open the way for civil war if the regime takes the decision to stoke the fire. Country

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