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Syrian Security Forces Kill 27 Protesters as Anti-Assad Demonstrations Intensify in Damascus

July 15, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Middle East, Protests with 0 Comments

Syrian troops killed 27 anti-government protesters in Damascus and throughout the nation today as opposition to President Bashar al-Assad is spreading even in his capital stronghold.

According to the Washington Post, tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets of Damascus and other cities following Friday prayers to call for Assad’s ouster.

Twenty-two people were reportedly killed in and around Damascus, where 50,000 demonstrators marched, chanted anti-Assad slogans and carried banners reading “OUT BASHAR!” and “GAME OVER BASHAR.”

In the suburb of Qaboun, another 14 demonstrators were reportedly killed as troops fired live rounds at the crowd of around 25,000.

In other parts of the country, however, protests took place with no government opposition, as the regime seems to be losing control in many areas. The central city of Hama is more or less under opposition control; government forces withdrew more than a month ago.

The fact that protests have spread to Damascus, considered an Assad stronghold, does not bode well for the regime. The demonstrations in the capital were the largest yet seen during the current uprising, and protesters have been heartened by the international community’s tougher stance toward the Assad regime.

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