8.000 mennesker er «forsvunnet» etter at Assad-regimet brukte jernneven mot de folkelige protestene.

Det hjelper ikke. Studentene har begynt å røre på seg. Et dårlig tegn for regimet.

As many as 8,000 Syrians are missing in the country after security forces intensified home raids and detentions on anti-regime protesters since Friday, according to a human-rights group, and others have been released following what it describes severe torture.

Det er menneskerettsgruppen Insan som har kommet frem til dette tallet.

Syriske myndigheter har stilt et ultimatum; alle opposisjonelle må overgi seg innen 15. mai.

Syria’s government, meanwhile, has given a deadline of May 15 for people who have been «deceived into taking part in unlawful acts, either bearing arms, breaching security or making misleading statements» to give themselves in for amnesty, according to an interior ministry statement.

Insan mener at 632 mennesker er drept siden midten av mars. Andre mener det er langt høyere.

Another list compiled by the Syrian Human Rights Committee and the Arab Orient Center for Strategic and Civilization Studies in London names 854 killed in the uprising as of April 29. The list is preliminary and still being verified.

«This crackdown can not and will not paralyze the movement,» said Wissam Tarif, Insan’s executive director and a pro-democracy activist, in a post on his Twitter page. «It is empowering the movement and gaining more sympathy,» he wrote.

Onsdag spredte protesten seg til universitetet i Aleppo, Syrias nest største by. Den har hittil vært rolig.

A video posted on YouTube of a protest in Aleppo on Tuesday night shows hundreds of students pulsing their fists in the air, chanting «break the siege» and «God is great.» Videos can’t be independently verified, as foreign journalists have been expelled from Syria or are barred from covering areas of protests.

Oppslutningen fra middelklassen og samholdet blant eliten rakner.

The spread of protests into urban centers or universities, penetrating more affluent areas at the core of Syria’s still largely silent majority, risks further polarizing a country sharply divided between supporters and opponents of Mr. Assad’s regime.

Niesen til den mektige visepresidenten og politiske veteranen Farouk al-Sharaa, fordømmer regimet som morderisk i en video på youtube.

A video posted on YouTube on April 29 shows Jihan al-Sharaa, a niece of Farouk al-Sharaa—Syria’s vice president and a stalwart of the Assad regime—emotionally denouncing the siege of Deraa. «Have we become criminals? What did they do?» she said. «Bashar al-Assad is a puppet, a puppet in the hands of his brother Maher.»

Syria Protests Spread Amid Widespread Detentions

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