Friday, April 8, 2011

The repression of the Syrian rge causes at least 17 dead in south pas

The repression of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad does not yield to popular pressure. In fact, after heavy protests from the city of Dera hoyen in the south of the country, Syrian state television has said that several armed groups have killed 19 policemen. Previously, Syrian security forces used live ammunition to disperse thousands of protesters gathered at the epicenter of the protests against President Bashar al-Assad, killing at least 17 dead and dozens wounded, medics said.

However, official media reported only two deaths by shooting "armed vandals" who opened fire on demonstrators and police. Consulted medical sources have lists that detail the names of those killed in the protests today against the president, after several witnesses said security forces had opened fire indiscriminately on the population.

For his part, Syrian state television has broadcast pictures of what, according to the media, are "groups of hooligans armed" infiltrators in the protest and have begun to open fire on crowds of citizens, security officers and police "to leaving the Friday prayer. Soon after, the protesters set fire to an office of the ruling Baath party and beaten a statue of Basil al-Assad, brother of the president died in the town of Dera, as some witnesses have recounted.

Protests are taking place in the city of Homs, in central-west, just a day after El Asad depose their governor, according to residents. Meanwhile, in the neighborhood of Douma, Damascus, where there have also been protests in recent days have been cut all connections for fixed and mobile phone, according to activists.

Many protesters took to the streets Friday to protest against the autocratic rule of the Baath in the Kurdish regions of eastern Syria, a day after President Bashar Asadofreciera Syrian nationality to the Kurds, officials said the Kurdish Democratic Party. "The gesture of nationality has only helped to ignite the street," said a senior official of the Kurdish party, Hassan Kamel.

"The Kurdish cause is democracy, freedom and cultural identity," he added. The Assad issued a decree on Thursday under which it is granted Syrian nationality to those persons participating in the registration of foreigners in the Hasaka region where the Kurdish minority lives mainly in the country.

The decision came after the president ordered the review last week of the 1962 census in this region, where an estimated 150,000 Kurds were denied Syrian citizenship then. Following the announcement, the Kurdish leader Habib Ibrahim has assured that the members of this ethnic group in Syria will continue their nonviolent struggle in order to replace democracy the autocratic regime that rules the country.

Shortly before this news, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that the Government had released 48 prisoners on Tuesday to Kurds who had been detained for over a year in Raqqa, east of the country.

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