The European Union’s foreign policy chief strongly rebuked Syria on Saturday over the violence which has resulted in 22 deaths, and urged “meaningful reforms” to be implemented with immediate effect.

“I strongly condemn the continuing violence and deaths in Syria in the context of protests calling for freedom and democracy,” Catherine Ashton said in a statement. “The Syrian people must be allowed to express their grievances without fear of intimidation, repression and arrest. Meaningful political reforms guaranteeing freedom of expression, fundamental rights and the rule of law must begin now,” she said. Reuters

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