Skip to comments.Syria arrests hundreds, shells Deraa into submission
Posted on 05/01/2011 7:20:06 PM PDT by allmost
AMMAN (Reuters) Security forces arrested hundreds of pro-democracy sympathisers in cities across Syria after taking control of the city of Deraa, cradle of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule.
Looking for men under 40 years old, security forces broke into houses Sunday in the old quarter of Deraa, which a tank-backed force led by Assad's brother Maher shelled into submission the day before, witnesses told Reuters by telephone.
Prominent rights campaigners were also arrested in the eastern cities of Qamishli, Raqqa and in suburbs of Damascus, along with scores of ordinary Syrians active in mass protests demanding political freedoms and an end to corruption.
Syrians kept up the protests despite the arrests and violent repression that has resulted in the killing of at least 560 civilians by Assad's security forces, human rights groups say.
In the central city of Homs thousands marched chanting "downfall of the regime."
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It helps the Dictator a great deal when his brother is the head of the Dictator’s military.
As long as the Army of Syria supports the House of al Assad, they are undefeatable and are going nowhere.
He may be trying for a repeat of the Hama massacre. that seemed to work for his dad for quite a while.
Some of the pix from Syria are just horrible.
OTOH, there are a lot of people there and they are clearly expendable to the regime.
You have to credit the folks who are speaking out & demonstrating, because in general, if a regime is capable of this level of brutality, there is rarely a secret about it.
I do not know what it is specifically that the Syrians are speaking out about. In Egypt, I did. But I know that the worldwide pressure on basic commodity prices squeezes the life out of these people, and in desperate times, all manner of possibly unrelated gripes come out when empty stomachs grumble.
Halfazz Jr better find a place to go quick.
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