200,000 Syrians call for fall of Assad regime in Homs: activist group

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Published Friday, December 16, 2011

Demonstrations drawing hundreds, if not thousands, of people took place in Syrian cities across the country on Friday.

Over 200,000 people turned out to demonstrate in the Syrian city of Homs, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. If accurate, the Homs demonstration would be the biggest since a rally of 500,000 in Hama in July, according to the rights group.

Qatar's Al Jazeera broadcasted live feeds of demonstrations in the cities of Rastan, Homs, Deir Ezzor, and Qamishle. Demonstrators called for the downfall of the Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Activists have attached the slogan the "Arab League is killing us" to Friday's demonstrations.

The Arab League was set to meet Saturday in Cairo to determine further action on Syria, but the League's Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli said on Thursday that the meeting was postponed indefinitely.

The Syrian government-run media agency SANA reported that "huge crowds of Tartous citizens on Friday gathered along the city's corniche in an expression of their steadfastness in the face of the foreign pressures and interferences and the conspiracy hatched against their homeland."

The Syrian Observatory further said that two children were wounded by security forces' gunfire in Homs during attempts to break up demonstrations.

The activist Sham News reported that demonstrators in the northeastern Syrian cities of Qamishle and Hassekeh have staged a sit-in at a mosque demanding the release of prisoners.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)

Comments

200,000 asking for Assad to step down and millions ask him to stay in power, so who do we believe?

So non-violent demonstrators do appear in border towns in Syria!

But why only in border towns? What about other towns? Not even after 10 months of the 'reovolutionizing' - a new word, suggested by the 'telescopic' observations from Islamist offshoot in London, and the discredited reporting from Aljazeera in Qatar.

The only conclusion one can draw, so far, is that the matter has to be associated with foreign hands operating in particularly loosely governed countries - Lebanon and Iraq.

What strengthens this supposition is the reduced tension on the border with Jordan. But even then, the the south is not as calm as the hinterland.

The dynamics of this imposition of 'revolution' which hijacked and discredited and diverted the just struggle of the Syrian people for their rights, suggests that the exposures of the long US preparations for these events in semi-official US sources, such as SecuritySearch, may not be fat from the truth!

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