AMMAN - Syrian authorities are carrying out a wave of arrests in the city of Deraa in their latest move to crush protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, residents said on Sunday.
The residents said they had seen packed busloads of handcuffed and hooded young men being taken in the direction of a large detention center in the city run by the security services.
"They are arresting all males above 15 years. They only have old security tactics and they are acting on revenge," said a prominent lawyer in Deraa who did not want to be further identified.
"Bullets are their response to the people's revolt. The security forces who came to Deraa told us 'Go buy bread from a bakery called Freedom. Let's see if it feeds you,'" he added.