Turkey urges Syria to impose reforms as protests rage

On day when 8 protesters killed throughout Syria, Turkish FM says it is possible to end unrest by using "shock therapy."

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
May 27, 2011 19:49
1 minute read.
Thousands of Syrians protest in Banias

Syrian masses protest 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

On a day when eight people were killed during anti-government demonstrations throughout Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted on Friday as saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad should deliver "shock therapy" reforms to end the bloody protests.

Davutoglu's words are among the most forceful by a Turkish official, highlighting Turkey's growing concern over a crisis that has sparked world outrage.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Hezbollah denies training Bahraini protesters
Netanyahu to Nasrallah: Stay in your bunker

In comments carried by state-run Anatolian, Davutoglu said he believed it was possible for Syria to end the unrest but that the "treatment" should feature "shock therapy," including reforms on the economy, security, politics and the judiciary.

The comments, made in an interview with a Turkish television channel late on Thursday, were repeated in a separate interview with the New York Times, in which Davutoglu said: "Now what [Assad] needs is shock therapy to gain the heart of his people."

Davutoglu's comments came as three protesters were shot dead as live fire was used to disperse hundreds of protesters in the Qatana suburb east of the capital Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


Also on Friday, Syrian security forces killed four protesters in the southern town of Daal as demonstrations demanding the removal of Assad swept the area, residents and activists said.



An additional protester was killed in an incident near the Lebanon border. In the city of Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border, protesters burned pictures of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose speech in Beirut this week in support of Assad infuriated demonstrators, activists and a tribal leader in the province told Reuters by phone, adding security forces had withdrawn from the streets of Albu Kamal.

Foreign correspondents are barred from Syria and witness reports are hard to verify independently.

Click for full Jpost coverage of 

turmoil in the Middle East

Related Content

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
July 21, 2018
Khamenei backs blocking Gulf oil exports if Iranian sales stopped

By REUTERS