A Facebook group that has been calling for recent protests in Syria posted calls for new “popular uprisings” in all cities in the country Saturday, a day after Syrian troops reportedly opened fire at peaceful protesters at deadly demonstrations.
Syrian authorities released 260 prisoners, mostly Islamists, from Saydnaya jail on Friday, a human rights lawyer said.
Security troops stormed a protest sit-in near the capital Damascus, arresting about 200 people in the midnight raid, activists said Saturday, the latest violence in the unrelenting crackdown on protests that have spread to this Mideast country.
With virtually no leverage in Damascus , it is unclear how much Washington can influence events or whether it would even try unless there were mass casualties
The accounts of Syria’s “Friday of Dignity” are startling — with episodes full of surprising dissent and immediate repression. In Damascus’ famed Umayyad mosque, a confrontation reportedly broke out during the imam’s sermon just as the cleric blamed Facebook and foreign meddling for the country’s week of unrest.
This is an update on the Day of Dignity protests in Syria. The Syrian Revolution 2011 called on Facebook for a nationwide protest on Friday March 25 . It called Friday the Day of Dignity.
The Kurdish people of Syria have not joined the current wave of unrest with any significant demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling Baath party. But that could change.
Authorities in Syria are bracing for the possibility of further protests, following a week of unrest that has left dozens dead. Activists have called for “Day of Dignity” rallies at mosques across Syria on Friday, despite a reform pledge by the government.
Syrian authorities have arrested leading rights activist Mazen Darwish, an outspoken critic of Syria’s record on freedom of expression, a rights group said on Thursday.
The Arab uprising of 2011 has reached Syria, and president Hafez Assad’s son, Bashar, is trying to apply his father’s ‘Hama’ solution.