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Berlin condemns Syria's 'shocking' crackdown

The Local · 11 Apr 2011, 13:15

Published: 11 Apr 2011 13:15 GMT+02:00

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"The ongoing violence against protesters (in Syria) is alarming and shocking," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news briefing in a strongly worded statement on behalf of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He said the flashpoints of violence in recent days "represented grave human rights violations by the Syrian government and its security forces."

"The German government condemns the fact that peaceful demonstrations in Syria are being broken up violently and that, primarily in Daraa, demonstrators have been shot and killed or severely wounded," he said, referring to the southern town where rights groups say 26 people were killed on Friday.

"The chancellor wishes to express her deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and, on the political level, she calls on the Syrian government and President (Bashar al-)Assad personally to protect the right to peaceful expression and peaceful demonstrations."

Seibert said Damascus had repeatedly heralded plans to advance "political reforms and greater freedom."

"Now would truly be the time to turn those words into action," he said. "We also call on the Syrian government to bring to justice those among the security forces who are responsible for the deadly shots against peaceful demonstrators."

An unprecedented opposition movement erupted in Syria on March 15 challenging the regime of Assad, who has been in power since 2000, to introduce major political reforms.

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Anti-regime demonstrations and clashes with security forces raged across the country on Friday leaving 28 dead, including 26 in Daraa, according to an updated toll by six Syrian rights groups.

And on Sunday, witnesses said government forces killed at least four people and wounded 17 in the coastal town of Banias.


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13:43 April 11, 2011 by auniquecorn
Now why in the world would Syria listen to the german gov?

it ain´t like they´ll do something.
14:21 April 11, 2011 by Gilly58
Coz otherwise Schwesterwelles gonna go over there armed with his feather duster and clean up!
15:12 April 11, 2011 by derExDeutsche
The simple fact of the matter is, it just isn't Germany's job to intimidate anybody into doing its will. It used to think it was the smartest, best and most tapfer, and even believed that those foreign countries would benefit from their Governance. But the rest of the world remembers those days less fondly. And lets face it. Where will it all end. I would guesstimate that 90% of Govt. kill people every year in for the purpose of protecting 'Society'.

Its nice to see the you take all your attention off of Bush, and open its eyes to fact that he isn't and wasn't the ONLY spawn of Satan on this blue planet. Maybe now we can put some pressure on them, without you screaming 'Bush's Fault' regardless.
15:59 April 11, 2011 by trash head
Its Bushs fault
16:27 April 11, 2011 by Altdude
How much commerce does Germany do with Syria annually? Just curious.
19:27 April 11, 2011 by catjones
What is the sound of one German condemnation?
09:57 April 12, 2011 by Gilly58
AMENDMENT...UNSCR 1973(a) Please don't bully your people otherwise we will be forced into publically telling you off, and you wouldn't want that would you? If you continue then we will have no other option than to send Schwessy over.
11:15 April 12, 2011 by wenddiver
Killing???? In the Middle East??? Check your facts, surely you must be wrong, how could that happen???? Oh well, only one thing to do better let all those people come to Germany and live on welfare.

Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to blame Bush.

Where ever Islam is, surely Peace and good Government will follow, ha, ha!
11:31 April 12, 2011 by LiberalGuy
@wenddiver as oppossed to all the good governance and peace the "christian" countries indulge in. Remind me, how many wars in the USA involved in at the moment?
12:16 April 12, 2011 by Angry Ami
Tell that to the protesters of Stuttgart 21, where the cops pummeled peaceful protesters and blew the Uni Prof's eyes out with a water cannon, they'd better look in the mirror before they start with the self righteous crap.
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