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Protests in Deir Ezzor
Protests in Deir Ezzor

Syria: A Day before Friday

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SYRIA- At least 60 people, including prominent intellectuals, were attacked and arrested by security forces during a demonstration in the district of Midan in the Syrian capital Damascus Wednesday night, according to activists.

The protesters chanted slogans demanding to topple the regime down, before police forces and pro-government thugs attacked them, said the Avaaz Citizen Journalists, an online activist group.

Avaaz also reported that an overnight protest was held near Damascus in support of the central city of Hama, which was recently the scene of massive anti-government demonstrations and a security crackdown. The protesters dispersed before the security forces arrived, it added.



On Thursday, Five people died Thursday during protests in two Syrian cities, an activist group told CNN. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told CNN that one person was killed when fire was opened on protesters in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor as demonstrators gathered in the city's Freedom Square.

The group, citing an account from a doctor in the city, said 10 people were also wounded, some of them critically.

In the western city of Homs, CNN reported that two civilians and one security force member were killed as a result of heavy gunfire of the military and security operations in Bab Sabaa and other neighborhoods in the city, according to the human rights group.

For its part, State news agency SANA reported on Thursday “Veiled armed groups on Thursday tried to put up barriers on roads in Deir Ezzor province.

The armed groups also forced shop owners to close their shops in the city, terrified families, threatened citizens and destroyed some stores whose owners refused to respond to their demands.”

SANA also reported that hundreds continue to return to the town of Jisr al-Shughour and its countryside after being forced by “armed terrorist groups” to flee their homes and head to Turkish camps, with 206 people returning within the past two days. According to a member of a popular committee, people returning from Turkish camps to their homes in Jisr al-Shughour and surrounding villages has exceeded 8,000 people so far.”

SANA also said that popular, civil and youth activities all over the Syrian provinces are still organizing mass rallies and carnivals in support of Syria`s regime reform process and in rejection of foreign interference.

 Pro-regime rallie


The participants called upon biased channels to stop incitement campaigns and convey the truth about the Syrian events, according to SANA.

SANA added that participants voiced support to reforms and national dialogue, stressing that the national unity is cohesive and will always remain so.

In the same context and in Damascus too; The committee tasked with studying the bill on amending article 3 of the citizenship law to allow giving Syrian citizenship to children of Syrian women married to non-Syrians began work on Wednesday.

In a statement to SANA, Assistant Minister of Interior for Civil Affairs Brig. Gen. Hasan Jalali said that the committee will present the finalized draft of the bill to the Prime Ministry within a week in order to pass it, adding that Civil Affairs is currently compiling statistics on the number of cases that will benefit from this bill.

Also in Damascus, activists called for daily protests all over the country demanding release for Wednesday`s detainees along with all other detainees whom were arrested according to protests all over the country.

Activists at their pages at social media websites, Facebook and Twitter, called to demonstrate next to the Ministry of Interior building in al-Marjah square in Damascus on Thursday evening

Outside Syria; A meeting of Syrian opposition in Istanbul ended on Wednesday with a call for the army to protect its people and side with the protesters against President Bashar Al-Assad’s government. The meeting was attended largely by exiled dissidents, and the gathering will be followed by another in Istanbul on Saturday, which the organizers hope to twin through video-link with a “National Salvation” conference planned by opposition in Damascus.

Pro-democracy activists in Syria remain undaunted by security forces matched against them.
For months now, they have taken to the streets across the country, usually after Friday prayers. The costs are high. Rights groups say at least 1,600 civilians have died in the government's crackdown.

Syrian activists say more than 1,400 people have been killed as Syrian forces continue to move against nationwide protests against the regime of al-Assad since mid-March.

The Syrian government has disputed the death toll, saying 'armed thugs' and foreign conspirators are behind the unrest in the country.

Such reports are hard to verify because the Syrian authorities bar foreign media from entering the country.

So the future of Syria may remain an internal issue, analysts say, and could take a long time to resolve, and as the protests and repression continue, international outrage grows.

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azad
fener            9/15/2011 12:20:38 AM
syria will be free soon
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