Syrian regime launches crackdown, 15 activists dead

Updated On: Mar 24, 2011

Protests continue for the 6th day in Deraa, Syria. 15 protesters were shot dead on Wednesday and scores more injured when security forces opened fire on people in three separate incidents.
According to human rights organisations, the government has also rounded up scores of demonstrators, activists and journalists. 
Leaders in Deraa had issued a range of demands to the government, including the release of political prisoners from the area, the freedom to buy and sell property without permission of local security forces and the dismissal of the governor of Deraa. So far, only the last demand has been met.
Syria's government has continued to blame the violence on outside perpetrators, blaming "armed gangs" for the shootings at the Omari mosque on Wednesday morning.

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