7 Syrian policemen killed in Sunday clashes, report

Seven policemen were killed during clashes between the security forces and protesters in Syria, Xinhua reported.They got killed trying to drive away protesters during demonstration in Dara’a town in which people demanded for reforms in Syria, Damascus Press news website reported.

The clashes erupted Sunday between the Syrian police and protesters after two young men reportedly killed by the security forces in the town. An eyewitness told Xinhua that the Syrian police had surrounded the town, to prevent people from entering it.

Dozens of protesters attacked the communication centre and the national hospital.

Al-Jazeera TV reported Sunday that the protesters also burned the headquarters of the Baath Party and the court house in Dara’a.

A committee was formed by the interior ministry to investigate recent incidents and take the necessary measures to punish anyone who is proven responsible for having committed abuse during the incidents in Dara’a.

Syria, a police state known for its brutal suppression of any public protests, seemed immune to the wave of uprisings sweeping the Arab world until the past week, when demonstrations took place in several cities. The southern town of Dara’a, where citizens were outraged by the arrest of more than a dozen schoolchildren, has seen the largest protests by far. Thousands took to the streets on Sunday, as they have for several days now.

Thousands gathered in and around the Omari mosque in Dara’a, chanting their demands: the release of all political prisoners; trials for those who shot and killed protesters; the abolition of Syria’s 48-year emergency law; more freedoms; and an end to pervasive corruption. “No fear after today,” the crowd chanted, according to witnesses and human rights activists.

Even as a group of prominent Dara’a citizens sat down for talks with Mr. Assad’s committee, there was pandemonium in the streets. As the protests grew heated, the police sprayed tear gas, further angering the protesters, who began tearing down a poster of Mr. Assad in the main square of Dara’a. The police then opened fire into the crowd, witnesses said.

Omari Mosque

Protesters soon turned the Omari mosque into a field hospital, as families “feared taking their relatives to the hospital,” according to a human rights activist who spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

All roads to Dara’a remained closed on Sunday, and phone and Internet services were cut throughout most of the day.

Small-scale protests also took place Sunday in Damascus and in Quneitra, in the south, but were quickly dispersed by the police.

Hindustantimes, NYT

  • lebsyrian

    Wow

  • Anonymous

    Wow

  • leb_expatriate

    People of Syria don’t let Daraa turn into another Hama. Don’t let your brothers in this city get crushed while you stand by idly. Rise up together and bring your oppressive government down now. The barrier of fear has been broken for you by your brave brothers and sisters in Daraa. If this rebellion is successfully crushed by the government you will not get another chance at change for a very long time to come. You were once a great nation the seat of the Umayyad Empire and the cradle of Arab civilization. Now is your chance to restore your pride and dignity. Now is the time to become great again.

    Long live Syria and long live the great Syrian people.

  • Anonymous

    People of Syria don’t let Daraa turn into another Hama. Don’t let your brothers in this city get crushed while you stand by idly. Rise up together and bring your oppressive government down now. The barrier of fear has been broken for you by your brave brothers and sisters in Daraa. If this rebellion is successfully crushed by the government you will not get another chance at change for a very long time to come. You were once a great nation the seat of the Umayyad Empire and the cradle of Arab civilization. Now is your chance to restore your pride and dignity. Now is the time to become great again.

    Long live Syria and long live the great Syrian people.

  • FakeGeneral

    WOW! This is amazing! People do not fear tyrants any more! People are not afraid of weapons pointed to their heads anymore! Freedom is what they want, and freedom is what they will get!

    The Iranian / Alawi triangle of Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah is under the biggest threat. They were happy with the revolution in Egypt, but now watch them scarmble for cover!

    What is right in one place, Sayed Hassan, is right in another place unless you are a hypocrite. Syrians now know that they will have the support of the International community if Assad tries to commit another genocide similar to the one his father committed.

    The best thing he can do is to take his fortune of $40 billion and go to Venezuela where the weather is nice and women are stunning!

  • Anonymous

    WOW! This is amazing! People do not fear tyrants any more! People are not afraid of weapons pointed to their heads anymore! Freedom is what they want, and freedom is what they will get!

    The Iranian / Alawi triangle of Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah is under the biggest threat. They were happy with the revolution in Egypt, but now watch them scarmble for cover!

    What is right in one place, Sayed Hassan, is right in another place unless you are a hypocrite. Syrians now know that they will have the support of the International community if Assad tries to commit another genocide similar to the one his father committed.

    The best thing he can do is to take his fortune of $40 billion and go to Venezuela where the weather is nice and women are stunning!