Demonstration in Syrian city of Hajar al-Aswad 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hundreds of police and militiamen loyal to Syria's President
Bashar Assad used batons to attack thousands of pro-democracy protesters
in the country's mainly Kurdish city of Qamishli on Friday, witnesses
Police fired teargas to disperse protesters, injuring several people,
witnesses added, in first major crackdown on Kurdish demonstrators
reported since the start of the four-month uprising against Assad's
Gunfire echos in Homs as Syria cracks down
Syria: Assad loyalists kill 10 in attacks in Homs
The protesters shouted slogans demanding political freedoms, an end to
discrimination against Syria's Kurdish minority, witnesses told Reuters.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Syria after
Friday prayers, activists and witnesses said, protesting against Syrian
President Bashar Assad and defying an intensified military crackdown on
Demonstrations demanding an end to Assad's rule
broke out in the Medan district of Damascus, the besieged city of Homs,
Latakia on the coast, the southern city of Deraa and the eastern
province of Deir al-Zor, on the border with Iraq's Sunni heartland,
At least five civilians were killed overnight as tanks attacked districts in the Syrian city of Homs, residents said.