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Syrians fight on despite brutality of regime

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2265

The brutality of the Syrian state—and the rebellion of the Syrian people—seem to know no bounds.

The Syrian navy used war ships to fire rockets at the port city of Latakia on Sunday, killing at least 25 people.

The people in the city have staged many protests against the regime as popular uprisings against the murderous dictatorship of President Bashar al-Assad has grown.

Activists in Latikia say troops fired anti-aircraft missiles. Many women and children fled to the countryside while others hid.

This is one of a long line of government attacks against the people.

Hama and Dera have faced shelling, sniper fire and the wholesale lockdown of neighbourhoods recently.

The government has repeatedly lied over its attacks on the civilian population—calling demonstrators “armed gangs” and claiming protesters have machine guns and grenades.

The crackdown has attracted international condemnation from the West.

But no leader has called for Assad to step down—only to speed up the minimal reforms on offer. That is because the West and Arab dictators are desperate to halt the spread of revolution across the region.

The people of Latikia staged huge demonstrations last Friday which some believe is the reason for the attack. Protests have continued across Syria this week as people refuse to be crushed by the regime.

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Tue 16 Aug 2011, 17:55 BST
Issue No. 2265
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