Reports: 27 Protesters Killed in Syria

Activists Report Violent Crackdown Near Damascus

Syrian pro-democracy activists report that security forces opened fire on a demonstration in the Damascus suburb of Qatana today, killing at least 20 people, while another seven were reported killed not far from the Turkish border.

The killings, if confirmed, would make today the deadliest day in over a month, as the Syrian regime has increasingly avoided massive killings that have only served to increase international scorn and rile up more protesters.

They also come as a number of Western nations, particularly France, are looking for a Libyan-style UN Security Council resolution against the Assad regime, and as a number of nations, particularly China and Russia, look to avoid a repeat of what has turned into a drawn out civil war.

France loudly condemned China and Russia over the reluctance to back such a resolution, with Prime Minister Fillon declaring it “no longer acceptable” that the two nations could block UN Security Council votes. Both of those nations hold veto power.

Author: Jason Ditz

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