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Resisting the crackdown in Syria

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2250

Rebels in Syria are still protesting on the streets despite a brutal government crackdown.

The army raided the Omari mosque, which has been central to the movement, in the city of Deraa.

Tanks shelled the city’s old quarter on Saturday.

State repression has led to at least 535 deaths in the country since the revolt began.

Many parts of Syria have come to a standstill.

Reports from towns and cities speak of government snipers shooting people from rooftops if they come out of their houses.

Security forces systematically fire at protesters’ funeral processions.

The families of some who have died have been forced to keep their bodies in their houses as they are too afraid to come out and bury them.

However, people are still courageously joining demonstrations against the regime and its repression.

In the capital, Damascus demonstrators renewed their protests—pouring onto the streets after Friday prayers.

Last week they got closer to the city centre than ever before.

Security forces used tear gas, percussion grenades and live rounds against them.

But thousands continued to march.

President Bashar Al- Assad has ruled over the country since his father Hafiz’s death in 2000. Hafiz was Syria’s dictator for 30 years, after he launched a coup in the ruling Ba’ath party.

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Tue 3 May 2011, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2250
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