NHK World News 
April 23, 2011
US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the Syrian government for its use of violence against demonstrators after 70 people were killed by security forces on Friday.
Demonstrators protesting the government of President Bashar al-Assad clashed with security forces in the capital, Damascus, and other parts of Syria on Friday.
A Syrian human rights organization says at least 72 people died across the country.
That was the largest number of casualties for a single day since anti-government demonstrations began last month.
In a statement released on Friday, Obama said the outrageous use of violence must come to an end now.
He harshly criticized President Assad, saying his government is not serious about its moves on Thursday to repeal Syria’s decades-old emergency law and allow peaceful demonstrations.
And he expressed support for democratic reforms that the Syrian people seek.
He also blamed Iran for its alleged collusion with Syria.
Obama said instead of listening to his own people, President Assad is seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria’s citizens.
Saturday, April 23, 2011 13:08 +0900 (JST)