Monday, August 08, 2011

Bashar Is Warned As He Continues to Kill Civilians

It has been estimated that the Syrian uprising has resulted in the death of some 1600 people since it started in January this year. More recently, the beginning of August has seen the city of Hama under siege as the government begins a crackdown under fear that the month of Ramadan will bring trouble.

The levels of repression and brutality that has emerged over the past few days detail a government that is deeply concerned and, more importantly, unwilling to reform. Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria, has been under pressure from all around the globe to stand down. His actions in Hama have resulted in the loss of legitimacy for his government. As well as the words of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as-Assad has been under pressure from the United Nations.

“The Security Council condemns the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.” UN Statement

Turkey has also delivered a warning to Syria to end the bloodshed in areas such as Hama, and recently Deir al-Zour. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will travel to Damascus tomorrow to deliver the message that Turkey will withdraw support if the situation is not resolved.

Amateur video purporting to show Syrian armoured vehicles on a bridge in Deir al-Zour (7 August 2011)

It is possible that 2000 have been killed in the endeavour for democracy in Syria, not including those who have been tortured by the regime. Bashar insists that these are criminals and extremists. The extent to which this number will further increase depends on how long al-Assad can remain in government. According to diplomats around the world, it is not a question of if, but when.

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