Protests Reported in Several Cities Across Nation
At least six people were killed Friday and scores of others wounded when the Syrian government reacted to the first major anti-government protests by having police open fire on the crowds.
Protests were reported in several cities across the country, but the deaths appears to have been exclusively in the small southern town of Daraa, near the Jordan border. The UN complained about the deaths in Syria, calling the violence unacceptable.
The Friday protests were much larger than the ones previously this week, which were said to number in the hundreds of demonstrators, though the exact turnout in the new protests was not clear.
The protesters’ demands in Syria appear to be much the same as those across the rest of the region, more political freedoms, less corruption, and genuine economic reforms that will tackle the high levels of unemployment.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Key Houthi Leader Endorses New Yemen Peace Talks - August 29th, 2016
- Three US Allies Now Fighting Against Each Other in Northern Syria - August 29th, 2016
- Syrian Kurdish Forces Reinforce Manbij as Turkey Continues Push - August 29th, 2016
- Iran Says US Spy Drone Briefly Enters Their Airspace - August 29th, 2016
- Turkey Extends Anti-Kurd Airstrikes Into Northern Iraq - August 29th, 2016