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Football stadiums being used as prisons after mass arrests follow weekend of government violence in Syria

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UK Daily Mail
May 10, 2011

The Syrian government is using football stadiums as makeshift prisons after security forces dragged hundreds of residents from their homes.

Stadiums are being used in at least two cities – Banias and Daraa – after mass arrests were made on Monday, said Rami Abdul-Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Security forces broke into homes in the Damascus suburb of Modemiyah and arrested residents arbitrarily as part of government intimidation tactics used to suppress uprisings by protesters asking for reform.

Similar tactics have been used in the city of Homs, where tanks have been deployed on the street along with a series of military checkpoints with secret police searching anyone passing through, according to CNN.

More than 400 people are thought to have been scooped up in Banias since Saturday and held against their will at the Mediterranean City football stadium, which has been modified to hold the ‘prisoners’.

The latest burst of government aggression began on Saturday when the security forces droves tanks into Marquab, a village near Banias.

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