Syria locks down Hama on anniversary of massacre

BEIRUT - Syrian troops closed public squares in Hama on Thursday after residents poured red paint symbolizing blood on the ground to mark the 30th anniversary of the massacre President Bashar Assad's father carried out during an uprising against his rule.
The act of defiance came as Russia warned it would veto any UN resolution on Syria it finds unacceptable, making clear it wanted to prevent Libyan-style intervention over Assad's violent crackdown on 11 months of mass protests and armed insurrection.
Recent political violence in Syria has killed at least 5,000 people, and activists say Assad's forces have stepped up operations around the country after appearing to crush rebels who brought the fight to the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.
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