Monday, June 6, 2011

In Syria, the crowd buries victims of yesterday in Hama

In the aftermath of a bloody day of demonstrations across Syria, tens of thousands of people marched again, Saturday, June 4, in the city of Hama, 210 km north of Damascus to attend the funeral of the victims. The crowd is huge, represented more than 100 000 people according to Rami Abdel-Rahman, president of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH), based in London.

Since the beginning of the dispute, it was impossible to independently recognize the protesters because the Syrian authorities prevented the international media to cover events in their territory. The testimonies collected by telephone, however, show that the voltage is far from settled.

For the OSDH, Syria was now "on the Brink." Friday was the mobilization of the "most important" since the beginning of the challenge, "in spite of the amnesty" for political prisoners generally proclaimed Tuesday by President Bashar Al-Assad, said Abdel-Rahman. "It shows that people do not trust the regime," he added.

"There is anger [Hama]. The people no longer want to live in silence and fear. The whole town is closed today and people are calling for a general strike for three days," said Omar, an opponent who has agreed to give her name. "People are in shock," said one resident of Hama contacted by The Associated Press.

God knows if they will not kill more people during the funeral. "On Friday, tens of thousands of people marched in several cities demanding the Syrian regime fell, the call of pro-democracy activists who had decided to dedicate the day to "children of freedom." The record of repression is still difficult to establish.

An initial report spoke of 53 civilians killed in all Syria, including 48 in Hama. Syrian NGOs based abroad argued on Saturday, the figure of 70 protesters killed, including 63 in Hama, making it one of the bloodiest days in eleven weeks of rebellion. In addition to the casualties in Hama, the group rights of Saouassiah man was reported dead in Damascus, two in Idlib, in north-west, and seven others Rastan, city center surrounded by tanks since Sunday.

NGOs estimate that more than one thousand the total number of victims of the repression of the uprising against the regime. This figure has also been notified by the United Nations. The city of Hama is infamous for having been the scene of a bloody crackdown orchestrated by Hafez Al- Assad in 1982, when the Muslim Brotherhood rebelled against the regime.

Between 20,000 and 30,000 people had been killed then. "It's worth noting that Hama and Idlib, where the largest demonstrations took place, are both former strongholds of the Muslim Brotherhood, said a Syrian opposition, quoted anonymously. The number of people took to the streets is equivalent to a message Brotherhood of the plan by serving: 'Now we take our full part in the revolution ".

Syrian authorities blamed the unrest and armed groups backed by Islamists and foreign powers and assert that they are the ones who fired on civilians and the military. On Friday, the official press reported "killed 20 people Friday, police, security personnel and civilians by armed groups firing.

Internet, which was blocked Friday, was restored in much of the country.

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