Saturday, June 4, 2011

In Syria, monster mobilization for the "children of freedom '

While tens of thousands of people have shown again Friday in tribute to the children "martyrs" of the protest movement against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Internet was not available Friday morning in Damascus and Latakia in north-west. According to a first assessment of associations defending human rights, 34 people were killed in the country during the demonstrations.

For its part, the UN has raised a record of "more than 1000 dead" since mid-March .. The security forces "opened fire directly" on protesters near the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party, according to activists. This city, symbolic for the protest movement, was the scene of violent clashes during the revolt of 1982 between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Syrian army.

Between 10,000 and 25,000 civilians had been killed while during the twenty-seven day siege. According to UNICEF, at least 30 children were killed by gunfire in the crackdown since the beginning of the protest movement, March 15. A 13 year old boy, Hamzeh Al-Khatib, "tortured and killed," according to the pro-democracy activists, became a leading figure in resistance to the regime's brutality.

Thousands of demonstrators were also gathered in Damascus and in nearby towns, said the head of the Syrian League for Human Rights, Abdel-Karim Rihaoui. In the south, security forces fired into the air to disperse a demonstration in Jassem, near Dera, the focus of the dispute, according to an activist for human rights.

This is the first report of the UN reports of casualties among the demonstrators in Syria. Ban Ki-moon was "deeply concerned about continuing violations of human rights, including disturbing information concerning the death of children under torture, gunshot or bombing," said Ms Maestracci.

"All deaths must be investigated independently and transparently," she said. Campaigners fear for their part action plan Bashar al-Assad for a blow to the organization of the protest movement that has lasted more than two months. This strategy had already been observed in Egypt, where Mubarak's regime had decided to cut off Internet access throughout the country to prevent the holding of major events.

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