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08-06-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

Protests across Syria on Friday June 3 were among the most violent thus far in the country's near 12 weeks of revolutionary unrest. The death toll from Friday sits at over 80, with between 40 and 60 people killed in the central city of Hama alone. In a foreboding development, violence worsened in the days that followed, as the northern city of Jisr al-Shughour became the scene of an alleged massacre of police and military forces - with estimates suggesting that more than 120 were killed in the city on Monday. To date, over 1,300 Syrians have died in the country's turmoil since March 15. Protracted conflict in Syria has undoubtedly begun and as grim videos and accounts of the last week of unrest seep across the internet and out into the international media, contradictory accounts of the nature - and perpetrators - of the violence only prompt more dismay, outrage and confusion across the country.

In the News
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03-06-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

The Syrian protest movement appears both resilient and increasingly skilled. Though its numbers are still dwarfed by those found in Egypt in Tunisia only months ago, it is nevertheless spreading to a growing number of locales across Syria. On the Friday May 27 alone, protestors gathered in 91 cities, towns and villages across the country. Syrian opposition outside of the country has also become more organized, holding a controversial organizational conference in Turkey this week amid mixed international and local reception. At the same time, two well-respected rights groups, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, issued troubling reports on the management of the unrest in Syria, while reports emerged on May 31, that protestors in Homs had taken up weapons to fight against Syrian security forces. Turkey, arguably the international community's greatest hope for inspiring a reduction of tensions and violence in Syria, has failed in its efforts to bring Damascus in from the fray.
In the News
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24-05-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

An extreme resurgence of after-prayers violence on Friday May 20, in conjunction with stalled government efforts to engage in constructive dialogue with members of the Syrian opposition, suggest few alternatives to a long, hot summer of continued tumult across the country. The US and EU have now both placed direct sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and US President Barack Obama has formally expressed the hardened view that President Assad must reform, or go. However, no such outside force appears to hold sway with the Syrian government. In the meantime as of Tuesday May 24, a well-respected rights group puts the civilian death toll since March 15 at a shocking 1,062 - a figure that does not include fatalities among Syrian security and military forces. 

In the News
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18-05-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

The deadlock between the Syrian government and those fomenting unrest across the country continues, as protestors continue to take to the streets, albeit in vastly lower numbers, and more civilians and members of Syrian security personnel perish in the violence. International condemnation of the Syrian government's response to the crisis seems to have reached a near tipping point, with many speculating that it will not be long before the EU imposes targeted sanctions against the Syrian President himself.
Society
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16-05-2011

One of the most interesting features of the Syrian protest movement is the prominent role women have been taking in it.

In the News
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12-05-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

While the numbers of protestors out on the streets declined markedly over the course of the last week, violence and turmoil continue to intensify. The Syrian military is deployed to a number of hotspots across the country, including Homs, Daraa, Baniyas and some Damascus suburbs. 
In the News
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04-05-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

Following the deaths of an estimated 73 people in after-prayers protests on Friday, and in the face of heightened international condemnation of the violence here, the Syrian government has adopted a different approach to quelling the country's unrest: mass arrests. Activists now estimate more than 1,000 people have been arrested across the country in the last few days, while the death toll since the inception of the unrest on March 15 is now estimated at 632.

In the News
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27-04-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

Violence and turmoil in Syria reached critical levels on Friday and Saturday, with over 120 killed in the demonstrations. Troops and tanks were deployed to Daraa early this week in an effort to snuff out the city's unrest and international condemnation of the events here has taken on new dimensions, with the International Committee of Jurists pushing for members of the Syrian government to be brought before the UN's International Criminal Court and the US moving forward with legislation to freeze the assets of, and impose targeted sanctions against, government officials. Activists estimate that 453 civilians have been killed in Syria since March 15.

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20-04-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

In the last eight days, the security environment in Syria has taken a significant turn for the worse. After-prayers protests last Friday were reported by some to have reached their largest numbers since the inception of unrest in Syria on March 15. Though there were few reports of violence on Friday, there were grave reports of violence Sunday through Tuesday - irregardless of President Bashar al-Assad's conciliatory address to the cabinet on Saturday April 16.  

In the News
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13-04-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

Over the course of the last week, the Syrian government announced a number of reforms intended in part to appease the country's Sunni Muslim majority.