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SYRIAN PROTESTERS defy regime and tell Assad: ‘it’s your turn!’ – Telegraph

August 22, 2011

President Bashar al-Assad  Photo: AFP/GETTY

Syrian protesters defy regime and tell Assad: ‘it’s your turn!’

Thousands of anti-government protesters have again braved gunfire from security forces as they taunted the Syrian president, saying he would share the same fate as Col Muammar Gaddafi.

By Ben Farmer6:04PM BST 22 Aug 20116 Comments

Syrians took to the streets after Bashar al-Assad made a television address repeating promises of reform and parliamentary elections in February 2012.

The concessions failed to prevent demonstrations across the country, and buoyed by the news of rebel gains in Tripoli crowds chanted: “Gaddafi is gone, now it’s your turn Bashar!”

His security forces opened fire in the central city of Homs, which has been a hotbed of dissent against the president.

A witness told reporters a few thousand people converged on the main square in Homs known as Clock Square on Monday after they heard that a United Nations humanitarian team was to visit the city.

“Simply, without any introductions, they started shooting at them,” he said, asking not to be named.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said on Monday it was “time for Assad to go”.

“We are clear: we want the violence to stop, prisoners of conscience to be released, the UN to have complete freedom to assess the humanitarian situation and, for the sake of the Syrian people, it’s time for Assad to go. He is as irrelevant to Syria’s future as Gaddafi is to Libya’s,” he said.

via Syrian protesters defy regime and tell Assad: ‘it’s your turn!’ – Telegraph.


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