Protesters demand death for Assad

2012-08-03 22:11

Aleppo - Protesters in Aleppo took to the streets on Friday to demand death for Syrian President Bashar Assad even as violence raged between regime forces and rebels, an AFP journalist and rights watchdog said.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the al-Shaar neighbourhood of the country's economic capital, chanting: "The people want the execution of Bashar!" and "The people want freedom and peace," an AFP reporter saw.

"We go down the street with a single objective: the liberation of the country," said 20-year-old protester Abu Ahmed.

"Today you can take to the streets. Before there were shabiha" pro-regime militiamen, he said, adding: "For 20 years we supported the military, but in fact this army is against us."

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported demonstrations in the Saif al-Dawla, Furqan and New Aleppo neighbourhoods in west Aleppo, as well as in Sukari, Bustan al-Qasr and Fardoss in the south.

It also reported protests in the Kurdish Hasakeh region, southern Daraa province and northwest Idlib province, where one demonstrator was shot dead by regime forces.

Shells rained down on rebel positions in Aleppo ahead of a UN vote on Friday to deplore both the regime's use of heavy weaponry and world powers for failing to agree on steps to end the conflict.

The official Sana news agency said the army and police killed 17 "terrorists" in the city, where the regime and rebels have been battling for control since 20 July.

Security forces suppressed protests in the coastal city of Tartus and in the central city of Hama, with security forces and pro-regime gunmen blocking off a number of mosques in an effort to prevent protests, the Observatory said.

Elsewhere in central Syria, three people were killed in heavy shelling overnight near Houla, a town in Homs province where at least 108 people were reported to have been massacred at the end of May.

In the capital Damascus, six people were killed in the Tadamun district in fierce clashes between rebels and the army, which shelled the area, the Observatory said.

It also reported shelling the Jdaidet Artuz district southwest of the city where fighting erupted around the Marj al-Sultan military airport.

The Observatory said Jdaidet Artuz was the scene of a deadly raid on Wednesday by security forces which left 43 people dead, some of whom summarily executed.

  • rude.awakning - 2012-08-04 04:20

    i have heard of protest for freedom, regime change, the head of state to step down, democracy, and so on! But when they demand the death of a leader, then surely there must be masive influence from some forces with agendas clearly not put on the table for all to see! No doubt the bounty offered is a huge one! I cant help but wounder what would have happened if assad requested the help of the 'west' to help him fight 'al-qaeda' terrorist extremist wanting to destablise his state for the purpose to form a taliban state wanting to attack zionist israel!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-04 06:57

      What absolute, irresponsible, delusional, nonsense. More of the same.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-04 12:17

      Rude, still abusing the hospitality of your American friends, or have you 'used' them enough now, to finish your 'project. ""But when they demand the death of a leader, then surely there must be masive influence from some forces with agendas...."" WHY ????? Maybe you were to busy speWing your anti Western HATRED,that you did not realize, but this, what you see now happening in North Africa and the ME, all happened before in Eastern Europe in the late eighties !! Ask the Rumenians, about 'demanding, the death of that scumbag Nicolae Ceausescu, and they got what they asked for !!!! And they wil;l tell you proudly, they did it by themselves !!! But in the meantime, here in SA, it is not unlawful to support; DICTATORS / TYRANTS / MASS MURDERERS / DOGS But what shout be outlawed is to talk the kind of sh,t, you do !!!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 12:55

      I also would demand Assad's death after my house was bombed, half my family arrested and tortured, and the rest executed.

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-05 05:38

      kress, you would know all about it! esst german leaders did the same thing!

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-05 05:45

      fred, you live in denial! and its Not a river in egypt! You accuse everyone of being dilusional when it is your blinkers that doesnt allow you to think further than your snotty nose! Its time you grow up!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-05 15:59

      shaik you are just young and stupid. You cannot spell properly. It is incomprehensible that you dare to copy & paste such drivel.

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-06 13:43

      gerhard! You fruit cake! I might even be older than you! As for the stupid part of you comment, you cant make it past 2 sentences per post and your drivel is never relevant to the issue! Im sure you are the same idiot that girls in thailand renamed '' Can't gerit hard'' and dedicated a whole web page to you!! Check it up before you respond and make yourself a bigger idiot!.... Pfffff!!!

  • shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-05 06:05

    the delusional pro west supporters continue to deny american covert involvement when mainstream media has been reporting obamma's signing of CIA secret support document for the ''opposition'' which has been correctly identified as foreign fighters, mercenaries, and america's paying of al-qaeda fighters to help further its agenda in syria! Its just shows that they will bed anyone even their enemies to get their way!! Presstv and you tube has been showing footage recorded by ''opposition'' fighters of their attacks on civilians and later blaming it on syrian forces!!!! Facts has come forward of america arming these mercenaries! America and its allies are in contravention of geneva conventions! the very reason for koffi anan's resignation !!!!! And only these bigots cant see the facts!

  • shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-05 07:11

    External influence can be seen from the moon with the naked eye! It is disgracefull how 'tourist' land in turkey to earn large sums for work across the 'border'. They dont even speak the local tongue and are working with 'red haired' arab speaking men handing out weapons!

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