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Syrian security forces waging a campaign of arrests before Friday protest

Arab World Materials 9 September 2011 12:47
Syrian security forces waging a campaign of arrests before Friday protest
Syrian security forces waging a campaign of arrests before Friday protest

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian Army and security forces have begun campaign of arrests in Jebel el Zawiya and killed three of dissident soldiers and detained at least two, Al Arabiya reported.

Syrians plan to organize mass demonstrations against the regime on Friday.

"The demonstrators will call the international community to send international observers and mass media to monitor the situation in the country and to provide international protection to civilians," activists said.

Meanwhile, Syrian security forces and Army have started the campaign of mass arrests and raids in different cities of Syria, the activists added.

The mass riots have begun in the Syrian city Dera'a from mid-March. The impetus for them was the arrest of a group of schoolchildren who had written the anti-government slogans on the walls. People appeared in the streets demanding to release the adolescents. The troops entered the city to suppress the anti-government protests. They used tanks and artillery to disperse mass demonstrations.

Even after the government announced the program of broad reforms in Syria, opposition members' protests continue. In particular, the state of emergency, introduced since 1963, was cancelled in the country. It was one of the main demands of the opposition.

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