Posts tagged ‘Protest’

June 1, 2011

Syrian security officials destroy penis of thirteen year old boy demonstrator and kill him

[Abdul Goldstein, Middle East and African Contributor]

MailOnline Syria’s officials are going all out on the people power demonstrators as shown up by the recent horrific execution of thirteen-year-old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, which had involved Syrian security forces acting under the orders of the country’s beseiged president, Bashar al-Assad, to destroy the boys penis.

The child had been picked up by Syrian officials in Jiza, a village in Dar’a province of Syria, around a month ago and later on his body punctured like sieve and minus his penis, was returned to his anguished parents. His knees has been destroyed and his  neck broken also.

The family was warned by Syrian police against talking too much, but apparently not enough to persuade them to go along with the unspeakable act of cruelty out of fear of being hurt. As a result, the father has been arrested and might probably be facing the same fate as his son.

The news of the boy that shocked the world was posted on YouTube, apparently by a family member, as after the rebellion against the president which in fact had turned into a civil war, Syria was shut to the members of  the international press.

However, it seems that instead of daunting the rebels, the murder has inspired a wave of fierce protests against the injustice of the current regime. According to expatriated human rights activist Radwan Ziadeh and as reported by the Washington Post, the child has already become one of the most powerful symbols of the revolt.

‘(His death) is the sign of the sadism of the Assad regime and its security forces,’  Radwan said.

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April 22, 2011

Carnage on Good Friday in Syria as security forces open fire on protestors

[Aziza Sourris, Middle East News Contributor]

According to Telegraph.co.uk, around 50 protestors around Syria were executed today when the security forces of the country’s dictatorial ruler, Bashar al-Assad, opened fire on peaceful demonstrations.

The latest executions bring the security forces’ such killings to more than 200 since the disturbances began.

April 20, 2011

Syria’s cancellation of ’emergency’ law, unlikely to save government

[Michael Harris, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

BBC News reports that the Syrian government has now cancelled its emergency law which allowed it to detain without charge and torture thousands of its citizens. It has also passed a new law allowing peaceful protests and it special court for prosecuting political activists has now been abolished.

Analysts are commenting that the moves by the current regime seems merely intended to placate the onlooking international community in the main judging from the regime’s security forces’ ongoing harsh treatment  of the anti-government protestors which have resulted in hundreds of their deaths and injuries.  As such the moves are unlikely to keep the government in power, even though the two items were key demands of the protestors.

On Monday, joining country-wide demonstrations against the government, more than 5,000 anti-government protestors were in Hom demanding for the current regime to step down.

April 9, 2011

Syria’s ‘people power’ protesters pay with their lives as 100 killed and up to 500 injured on Friday

[Aziza Sourris, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

New York Times: Throughout Syria in the past few days, thousands have been in public protest against the ruling regime’s oppressive rule which  responded with gunfire, resulting in the deaths of more than 100 protestors.

On Friday, in Dara’a, southern Syria, security forces had fired on protestors openly according to the witnesses. The government is also claiming that armed protestors had also shot at police officers resulting in the death of at least 19 of them.  According to the New York Times, Ammar Abdulhamid, a US-based Syrian dissident who had assisted in organizing the protests, said that around 100 of the Dara’a protestors had been killed and up to 500 injured by the Syrian security forces.

In Damascus, in addition, around 15 protestors had been killed by security forces on Friday.

It is reported that President Obama has condemned the Syrian government’s actions and at the same time has condemned any violence on the part of the protesters.

Ausama Monajed, a London-based political activist who is in frequent touch with protesters in Dara’a and other cities said that the attack on the protesters in Dara’a was a “a massacre…what happened is that after Friday Prayers, the marchers started to chant, ‘Freedom! Freedom!’ and security forces opened fire….when the protesters tried to collect the dead and wounded, the security forces opened fire again.”

March 26, 2011

400,000 Brits hit the streets to protest over European Union imposed austerity program

[photos source: MailOnline]

MailOnline: More than 400,000 people marched in London today in the country’s biggest mass demonstration since the Iraq war. They were protesting against the government’s public spending cuts which is part of an austerity program imposed by the European Union.

In the main, the demonstration was peaceful although some protestors threw paint at shops in Oxford Street and flares had been lit sparsely during an address by the Opposition Party‘s leader.

[More photos – source: MailOnline]

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March 25, 2011

Syria in revolt as more than 60 protestors are killed by security forces

BBC News: Syrians are angry and want the oppressive ruling regime to step down following its brutal response to pro-democracy demonstrations all over the country during which it has been reported that more than 60 protestors have been killed.

A wave of demonstrations is now engulfing the country including its capital, Damascus, despite the government’s announcement on Thursday of changes designed to placate the protestors.

Regime’s brutal response to the demonstrations

Syrian government forces so far had killed 40 protestors in various parts of the country and this week in the southern city of Deraa, a further 60 people have been reported shot dead. Many more have been arrested, beaten and seriously injured by the regime’s forces.

Deraa is now posing a formidable contest for the control of the current regime as its residents are incensed against the regime’s recent brutalities and are vowing to continue the protests. Thousands are now demonstrating in the city.

This evening, more than 1,000 Syrians are are also marching the streets of Damascus pledging to continue up to the time that their demands for the ruling regime to step down are met. Many have been brutally beaten by the government’s security forces and many more are feared will be killed.

[Middle East & Africa Contributor]

March 16, 2011

Gulf states and Saudi Arabia unite against ‘pro democracy’ uprisings in Bahrain

Following the recent killings of a soldier belonging to Saudi forces brought in to aid the government’s battle against the country’s pro-democracy protestors, Bahrain’s king has put the country in a state of emergency.

Last Sunday, pro-democracy demonstrators in their thousands had sealed off Bahrain’s financial center and 200 or so people had been injured by the military’s use of tear gas and clubs. This led the king to give Bahrain’s military unrestricted powers to quell the Shiite-led ‘pro-democracy’ protests which are threatening to oust the incumbent Sunni monarchy.

Saudi Arabia and Gulf states send in military aid and troops to quell the Bahraini ‘pro-democracy’ movement

Gulf leaders, including Saudi Arabia’s rulers have been encouraging the Bahraini king to remain steadfast as there is fear that Shite gains in Bahrain would fuel uprisings in other Gulf states where the Sunnis are in ascendancy.  Recent violent clashes have resulted in a 24-year-old protester, Ahmed Farhan, being shot in the head and killed whilst many others suffered severe injuries from shotgun rounds and clubs used by the authorities.

Press TV reports that Saudi Arabia and many other Gulf states are stepping up military aid including troops to Bahrain to assist the Bahraini monarchy to defeat the pro-democracy protestors. This happened after the day that the U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had visited the country.

[Middle East Contributor]