EU foreign affairs chief decries Syrian violence

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton issued a statement Tuesday expressing "deep concern about the violence perpetrated by the Syrian regime against peaceful demonstrators, human rights activists, and the Syrian people at large."
Ashton criticized the Syrian regime's human rights violations, including the attack on cartoonist Ali Ferzat, "who was abducted and brutalized for having expressed his views," and for the "reckless and indiscriminate" attacks against the al-Ridai mosque in Damascus on the "most holy night of Ramadan.""All such attacks and the broad repression must immediately stop," Ashton said, adding that "detained protesters be released and a way opened toward the fulfillment of the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.”
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