Syrian women block main highway

Eyewitnesses say hundreds of women and children are blocking a main coastal highway in Syria to protest the arrest of dozens of people from nearby villages in an ongoing crackdown.

The witnesses say up to 2,000 women carrying white cloths and olive branches are crowding the main motorway between the coastal cities of Tartous and Banias on Wednesday. The women demand the release of detainees from Bayda and Beit Jnad.

The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Residents and activists say hundreds were arrested Tuesday as security forces and pro-government gunmen attacked the two villages.

Protests erupted in Syria more than three weeks ago and have been growing steadily, with tens of thousands of people calling for sweeping reforms. AP

Photo: A pro-reform in Syria activist, hold an Arabic placard :”No to violence, no to oppression and no to fanaticism”, as she stands in front of the Syrian embassy, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday April 12, 2011.

  • Amine123

    The Syrian regime killing and imprisoning their people will not stop anything, infact it will strengthen the Sytian people will to resist the dictatorship and ruthless mobsters.

    Up till now the Arab league and the international communities are silent turning their head away from the killing and murders happening now all over SYRIA, shame on you SHame on you

  • Anonymous

    The Syrian regime killing and imprisoning their people will not stop anything, infact it will strengthen the Sytian people will to resist the dictatorship and ruthless mobsters.

    Up till now the Arab league and the international communities are silent turning their head away from the killing and murders happening now all over SYRIA, shame on you SHame on you

  • C S

    Dr. Bashar, once the women get involved, you and your cronies won’t stand a chance……As for women, I bet your Western-educated wife, is having second thoughts, about you too…:)

  • C S

    Dr. Bashar, once the women get involved, you and your cronies won’t stand a chance……As for women, I bet your Western-educated wife, is having second thoughts, about you too…:)

  • C S

    The Assad Family are finally tasting the blood of the thousands, upon thousands of Lebanese they killed during the civil war in Lebanon, plus what they did to Hariri, and also to the 20 thousand of their own people, Hafez el Assad killed, in Hama, in 1982, like it was nothing.

    There was no Internet, no YouTube, no Skype, no Facebook, no camera cell phones, however, today, dear “Western-educated” Dr. Bashar, you cannot simpy turn the lights out, like your father did, back then.

    The world sees what you are doing, and either you are deaf, dumb, and blind (with all due respect to the deaf, dumb and blind), or you are outright very, very stupid, and cannot see your days, and the days of your psychotic brother, Maher and your corrupt cousin, Rami, are fast coming to an end.

    Freedom, for the good people of Syria, is just around the corner. Next up, Iran, Hizbollah, and Hamas….the world is changing, ya Bashar, and you and your clowns are missing the boat…..you need to pack your bags, and get out of the country…

  • C S

    The Assad Family are finally tasting the blood of the thousands, upon thousands of Lebanese they killed during the civil war in Lebanon, plus what they did to Hariri, and also to the 20 thousand of their own people, Hafez el Assad killed, in Hama, in 1982, like it was nothing.

    There was no Internet, no YouTube, no Skype, no Facebook, no camera cell phones, however, today, dear “Western-educated” Dr. Bashar, you cannot simpy turn the lights out, like your father did, back then.

    The world sees what you are doing, and either you are deaf, dumb, and blind (with all due respect to the deaf, dumb and blind), or you are outright very, very stupid, and cannot see your days, and the days of your psychotic brother, Maher and your corrupt cousin, Rami, are fast coming to an end.

    Freedom, for the good people of Syria, is just around the corner. Next up, Iran, Hizbollah, and Hamas….the world is changing, ya Bashar, and you and your clowns are missing the boat…..you need to pack your bags, and get out of the country…

  • C S

    The Assad Family are finally tasting the blood of the thousands, upon thousands of Lebanese they killed during the civil war in Lebanon, plus what they did to Hariri, and also to the 20 thousand of their own people, Hafez el Assad killed, in Hama, in 1982, like it was nothing.

    There was no Internet, no YouTube, no Skype, no Facebook, no camera cell phones, however, today, dear “Western-educated” Dr. Bashar, you cannot simpy turn the lights out, like your father did, back then.

    The world sees what you are doing, and either you are deaf, dumb, and blind (with all due respect to the deaf, dumb and blind), or you are outright very, very stupid, and cannot see your days, and the days of your psychotic brother, Maher and your corrupt cousin, Rami, are fast coming to an end.

    Freedom, for the good people of Syria, is just around the corner. Next up, Iran, Hizbollah, and Hamas….the world is changing, ya Bashar, and you and your clowns are missing the boat…..you need to pack your bags, and get out of the country…