Amateur Video Clips Show Syrian Shops Closed in Protest


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Amateur Video Clips Show Syrian Shops Closed in Protest

2011-07-25 07:21

Video posted on a social media website on Saturday shows what it says are shops in Homs and Damascus, Syria closed in protest against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The content of the videos could not be independently verified.

Protesters apparently chanted anti-government slogans in video posted on the same day as the funeral of Talha Dalal, with a video showing a note calling him a martyr.

Footage also shows damaged cars purporting to be in Karm al-Zaitoun in Homs.

Rights activists and witnesses said Syrian forces killed at least 11 people on Friday during mass protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

Residents said that five civilians were killed overnight in Homs, 100 miles north of the capital Damascus, when tanks were deployed to halt protests in the besieged city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the National Organization for Human Rights said six more people were later shot dead in protests in the Damascus suburb of Mleeha, in Homs and in the Idlib area in the northwest.

On Saturday a train carrying 400 passengers derailed and its driver killed when “saboteur groups” dismantled a section of a northern railway, Syrian officials said.

The incident occurred near the central city of Homs, which has witnessed a military crackdown on demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad.

The 4-month-old uprising, mirroring unrest and dissent elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa, is the biggest challenge to Assad’s authority since he succeeded his father 11 years ago and it is spreading.

Rights groups say Assad’s forces have killed more than 1,400 civilians since the uprising began.


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