Syria’s protests spread to Aleppo for first time, update

Some 500 Syrian students demonstrated Wednesday in the second-largest city of Aleppo for the first time since a wave of pro-reform protests broke out in mid-March, an activist said.

Security forces and students clashed at the protest on the campus of Aleppo’s faculty of literature and police arrested at least four students, said Radif Mustafa, the president of the Kurdish Committee for Human Rights.

“Security forces dispersed by force a protest by students calling for freedom,” he told AFP by telephone. “The security forces clashed with the students and four students were arrested,” said Mustafa.

Around 500 students took part in the demonstration and also “expressed solidarity with the victims of Daraa and Banias”, flashpoint protest towns in southern and northern Syria respectively, he said.

Protests for reforms broke out in Syria on March 15 and have gripped many cities and towns across the country, where some 30 people were killed in a crackdown by security forces on the weekend namely in Daraa and Banias. ahram

  • ghzayel

    while the whole world ,except iran of course, is considering the current events unfolding at an increasing pace in syria as a legitimate people’s revolt to revendicate their basic human rights for freedom and political change, the syrian regime affirms that these events are nothing more than a conspiracy commited by some terrorists coming across the border from where else other than lebanon???
    well,despite the syrian regime’s denial and its counterattack with false accusations, if the situation in syria looks like a revolution if it sounds like a revolution and if it acts like a revolution, then it must be a revolution!!! right???

  • Anonymous

    while the whole world ,except iran of course, is considering the current events unfolding at an increasing pace in syria as a legitimate people’s revolt to revendicate their basic human rights for freedom and political change, the syrian regime affirms that these events are nothing more than a conspiracy commited by some terrorists coming across the border from where else other than lebanon!!!
    well,despite the syrian regime denial and false accusations, if the situation in syria looks like a revolution if it sounds like a revolution and if it acts like a revolution, then it must be a revolution!!!???