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At Least 5 Killed When Syrian Protests Dispersed

May 27, 2011

Rights activists and witnesses say Syrian security forces violently dispersed thousands of people protesting in cities and towns across the country on May 27.

The Syrian Human Rights League said at least two people were shot dead as live fire was used to disperse hundreds of protesters in the Qatana suburb east of the capital, Damascus.

Violence was also reported in the north Damascus district of Rokn-eddin and in Aleppo.

Earlier the same day, security forces reportedly killed at least three people in the town of Dael in the flashpoint southern province of Daraa.

At a news conference at the end of a Group of Eight (G8) summit in Deauville, France, French President Nicolas Sarkozy joined his U.S. counterpart's call for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to lead the transition to democracy or step down.

"The situation [in Syria] is absolutely unacceptable and the government's attitude is shocking," Sarkozy said. "The G8 declaration condemns unambiguously the actions of the Syrian government against peaceful demonstrators. This text was reaffirmed during [the G8] talks and our Russian friends have accepted and validated this text."

Rights groups say at least 1,000 people have been killed and 10,000 others detained since the revolt began in March.

compiled from agency reports


Copyright (c) 2011. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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