72 Dead as Thousands Protest in Syria for Foreign Action

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Thousands of people opposed to President Bashar Assad protested in Syrian towns on Friday to urge the international community to act to halt the regime's bloody repression of their uprising.

Following a nationwide theme, protesters demanded justice for the victims of a regime crackdown in Daraya, a Damascus town where more than 500 people were reportedly killed in late August in the worst massacre of the uprising.

"Daraya will not kneel. Not by tank or gun. We sacrifice our blood and souls for you," chanted protesters in the rebel-held northwestern town of Binnish, waving revolutionary flags.

They also carried a sign reading: "No to sectarianism, no to division", at a time when residents and activists have reported simmering tensions between religious communities in the strife-torn country.

In Kfar Nabal, a town in the northwestern Idlib province, demonstrators held a sign reading: "It is not a civil war. It's a genocide. Leave us to die, but do not lie".

They also contrasted the toll of hurricane Sandy in the United States with that of the 19-month uprising, using the name of Assad's mother, with a sign reading: "Sandy: 90 victims -- Anissa: 40,000 victims".

In Damascus, despite ongoing violence, protests calling for Assad's ouster took place in the districts of Rokn Eddin, Assali, Qaboon, and in the nearby town of Babila, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a network of activists on the ground, reported that air strikes targeted worshipers as they exited mosques in the town of Zamalka, just outside the capital.

Demonstrators traditionally gather at mosques to begin the weekly protests following the Muslim day of prayer.

Other slogans referred to recent statements by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has denounced the rise of extremism in Syria, accusing the Islamists of "hijacking" the uprising.

"Clinton: our radicalism, if it exists, is the result of your lies," read one sign carried at a protest in the town of Hass in Idlib, as seen in video posted by activists on the Internet.

The Observatory said 72 people were killed in violence across the country.

Comments 8
Thumb bigsami 02 November 2012, 19:43

Lame post! A poor analogy between electricity and 40K+ human lives.

Thumb bigsami 02 November 2012, 20:40

Lame response.....as to be expected!

Thumb chrisrushlau 02 November 2012, 20:44

Agence France Presse is trying to tell us that 72 peaceful protesters died at government hands, but the facts are against them, so they could only hint, and hope you did not read the full article.
As for that massacre, everybody outside the rebel-held areas agree it was a rebel operation.

Missing gcb1 02 November 2012, 21:35

Yea exactly, people died...so umm who else but Israel could do it right?


Thumb chrisrushlau 02 November 2012, 20:47

But probably AFP did not compose the headline.

Missing formerlebaniz 02 November 2012, 21:09


Yes, it was an FSA/CIA/Mossad operation to massacre these people. Of course how stupid do you think we are! The FSA decided in order to enrage people against The Great Holy Assad they decided to kill their families their loved ones and their neighbours because that is infact the reason why they left the Syrian Army in the 1st place, because they love being outlaws.

People like you sicken me, if you have a shred of decency in you, you would find the tallest building and jump off of it.

Missing gcb1 02 November 2012, 21:34

Wow, what an ignorant comment.

Missing gcb1 02 November 2012, 21:35

Yup, those Syrian children trying to make a living without their father who's died in this crisis sure have alot to do with your suffering.