Fredagen var en usedvanlig blodig dag i Syria med over 40 drepte. Regimet synes mer og mer desperat. Antall drepte totalt har passert 1.000.
Det er ikke lenger et spørsmål om om, men når regimet faller, sier en menneskerettsaktivist. Folket har ikke latt seg skremme.
But demonstrations erupted all over Syria on Friday: in Damascus, Homs, Hama, Dara, Baniyas, Idlib and other parts of the country on a day described as a Friday of Azadi (freedom in Kurdish).
“It is no longer a question of whether Assad should step down, but rather, of how and when,” said Rami Nakhla, a Syrian human rights activist. “Assad had the chance to make reforms and stay in power. By killing more than 1,000 peaceful demonstrators since the beginning of the Syrian protest, this is no longer a reasonable option.”
Separately, the European Union is reportedly planning to follow the U.S. lead and impose sanctions that directly target Assad. France hopes that EU foreign ministers will agree Monday on extending sanctions to the Syrian president, reports the Reuters news agency.
Homs: Syria’s third-largest city was said to be the site of the biggest protest. One activist estimated that as many as 25,000 people gathered. At least nine people were killed, including an 11-year-old boy, who was shot after police officers drove their cars into a crowd of some 2,000 demonstrators in an attempt to disperse them and then opened fire, according to the pan-Arab news channel Al Jazeera.
Elsewhere in Homs, three residents were killed when security forces tried to storm a hospital, Al Jazeera reported.