Saturday, April 2, 2011

Syria dozen people arrested for rioting

.- The Syrian security forces arrested dozens of people, officials said Saturday human rights groups, after thousands of protesters would join a public outcry that represents the biggest challenge the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights appointed 21 people they said were detained by Syrian security forces in the southern city of Dera, where the unrest first erupted two weeks ago, and Homs, north of the capital.

"It is assumed that their arrests with the outcome of recent protests," he said in a statement on the human rights group. "(Group) requires that the Syrian authorities to release all detainees opinion and conscience and stop the practice of arbitrary arrests of political opponents and civil society activists and human rights," he added.

Ammar Qurabi, activist of the National Organization for Human Rights, appointed 24 other demonstrators who were arrested in Damascus and Homs Douma, according to a statement. Thousands of people took to the streets in major cities after Friday prayers, defying security forces fired tear gas, ammunition and used batons to disperse protesters who have rejected a call for limited reform of Assad.

Assad succeeded his father 11 years ago. Witnesses said security forces killed at least three demonstrators on Friday in the suburb of Douma in Damascus, which led to more than 60 the number killed in protests that were inspired by the popular uprisings that have shaken the Arab world. The statement quoted Qurabi five people were killed in Douma.

The crisis could have wider implications in that Syria has borders with Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, and is at the heart of the Middle East conflict, while maintaining an anti-Israel alliance with Iran and supports militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

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