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Syrian Protests Turn Deadly

Posted on Mar 25, 2011
AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syrian protesters shout anti-government slogans after Friday prayers at a mosque in central Damascus.

At least 20 people were killed when Syrian police opened fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city of Daraa as demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad continued across the country. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Syrian security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters near the city of Daraa, killing at least 20 people, according to one witness.

“There are more than 20 martyrs .... they [security forces] opened fire haphazardly,” the witness told Al Jazeera.

Reuters also reported that heavy gunfire could be heard in the southern city, the focal point for demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in recent days.

Rula Amin, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Damascus, said Syrian forces apparently opened fire after protesters set fire to a statue of the late president Hafer al-Assad.

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By PatrickHenry, March 27, 2011 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

Gallows humor?

Like protests of the outcome of European soccer games.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

I vote “Gallows humor”...Oh, wait: that wasn’t multiple choice?

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By gerard, March 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

“...protesters wear green or red scarfs…” ” ...a lot of pissed-off Arabs…”  “a propaganda fantasy…”“...if they had better TV programming…”

What must all this glib dismissal of other people’s
risking of death or imprisonment signify? Empathy?
Understanding? Fear? Boredom? Cynicism? Willful Ignorance?  Whistling in the dark? Rejection? Gallows

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By expat, March 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Have you noticed the logo of the Syrian “revolution” is a copy of the serbian one 20 years ago?

real creative CIA mossad spooks recycling their colored revolution PR tools?

BTW…  revolutions are usually spontaneous…  what gives with this logo in Syria but also with all these newly minted flags in Libya?  If the insurrection is so well organized as to be able to produce countless flags in a minute, how come it cannot hold an inch of territory unless assisted by the the coalition of the imperialist murderers?

Please apply the smell test to all this BS and,

once your senses are fully awakened…

and you realize the enormity of the crimes and the futility of voting in a rigged system…

take up arms and reclaim your country!

Regretfully, there is no other way, unless you prefer being cattle led to slaughter, which is your present situation.

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By PatrickHenry, March 26, 2011 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

If they had better TV programming they would stay at home and watch it.

Then again subliminal agitation is a new advent with HDTV.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment

The whole story is a propaganda fantasy.

After all, there’s no dictator in the world who murders his own people unless he’s an ally of the USA.

So, whenever you hear about a dictator massacring his own people ask yourself this:
Is the SOB an ally of ours or not?

If he is, then every allegation of atrocity is as true as the sun rises in the east.

If he is not, then it can only be a CIA/Mossad plot to try to influence world opinion against a poor patsy.

Of course, if you buy this bullshit you have just qualified yourself as one of the “Loony Left”.

Then again, if you totally believe the reverse, you have qualified yourself as one of the “Right-Wing-Nuts”.

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By SarcastiCanuck, March 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment
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Sure are a lot of pissed off Arabs in the world right now.See what happens when you don’t drink alchohol.Budweiser,please pacify the region.

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By TDoff, March 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment

Protesters who are averse to dying should carry multiple colored scarves with them. When the people who are shooting at them are wearing green scarves, the protesters should switch their red scarves to green scarves, and vice versa.

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