March 26, 2011
DARAA, Syria — Protesters took the streets in a number of Syrian cities Friday to demand major change, dismissing promises of reforms by the authorities as rights activists reported deaths in police shootings.
Demonstrations were reported in Damascus, Banias, Latakia, Hama, Dahel and Homs, and the southern town of Daraa, with videos purporting to be of the rallies surfacing on YouTube. The authenticity of the videos could not be verified.
Human rights activists said police fired on protesters in the southern village of Sanamen as they were heading to nearby Daraa, hub of the protests, for the funeral of two people killed earlier in the week during clashes with security forces.
“Seventeen protesters were killed in a shooting in the village of Sanamen as they were headed toward Daraa,” located 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Damascus, a human rights activist told AFP, requesting anonymity.
This article was posted: Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 3:16 am