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Syrian opposition says 200 killed in protests
AMMAN, APR 12 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 12 Apr. 2011 9:59 PM IST
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Syria’s main human rights movement said the death toll from pro-democracy protests against President Bashar al-Assad had reached 200 and urged the Arab League to impose sanctions on the ruling hierarchy.
Syria, the latest Arab country shaken by mass uprisings against authoritarian rulers, has witnessed unprecedented protests across the tightly-controlled country for the last three weeks.
Assad has responded with force -- witnesses say security forces have opened fire on protesters -- vague pledges of reform and attempts at appeasing minority Kurds. Protests have shown no sign of abating but have not yet reached the levels seen in Tunisia and Egypt where leaders were ultimately overthrown.
“Syria’s uprising is screaming with 200 martyrs, hundreds of injured and a similar number of arrests,” the Damascus Declaration group said in a letter sent on Monday to the secretary general of the Arab League.
The Damascus Declaration is named after a document signed in 2005 by prominent civic, Islamist and liberal leaders calling for the end of 41 years of Assad family rule and its replacement with a democratic system.
“The regime unleashes its forces to besiege cities and terrorize civilians, while protesters across Syria thunder with the same chant ‘peaceful peaceful’,” it added.
“We ask you to... impose political, diplomatic and economic sanctions on the Syrian regime, which continues to be the faithful guardian of Hafez al-Assad’s legacy,” the letter said, referring to the iron-fisted rule of President Hafez al-Assad, who died in 2000 after 30 years in power.

 
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