Mourners burn Baath Party headquarters in south Syria


Thousands of mourners in the village of Tafas, just north of the southern Syrian town of Daraa, burned the local Baath Party headquarters and a police station on Saturday during the funeral of a protester killed a day earlier, residents said.

The mourners, chanting ‘No more fear!’ and calling for freedom, were marching in the funeral procession of Kamal Baradan, a protester killed on Friday in Daraa.

Yesterday the statue of former president Hafez Assad , father of current president Bashar was destroyed in Daraa

The violence in Daraa, a city of about 300,000 near the border with Jordan, was fast becoming a major challenge for President Bashar Assad, who tried to contain the situation by freeing detainees and promising to fire officials responsible for the violence.