(Image source: International Business Times)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

Activists claim the Syrian government fired on demonstrators at a funeral in Damascus, killing one. BBC News reports protesters are emerging throughout the country…


“…knowing that they may well get shot at, but for them, there’s so many people that have been killed and there’s so much blood that they really just don’t think they’ve got anything to lose at this stage.”

The protest attracted many — and placed them in the eye of the presidential palace, according to Al Jazeera.

“Saturday's demonstration, which activists said had thousands of participants as snow fell, was one of the biggest seen in and around the capital in months. … [One activist told Al Jazeera,] ‘We [believe] that the president himself, if he's there, will be able to hear our slogans.’”

China and Russia previously vetoed a U.N. resolution aimed at stopping the violence in Syria. Now, China has sent an envoy to Syria for a diplomatic discussion. The Telegraph has this statement from vice-foreign minister, Zhai Jun…

“China calls for a stop to the violence. It calls on all parties in Syria to come together for a dialogue to talk together to reach a comprehensive political plan.”

But some say China’s support for such a plan might not make a difference. CBS News reports

“Assad opponents say the referendum … and other reforms will not be enough, insisting Assad must go. … China has repeatedly defended its decision to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution, saying it would not protect the regime of Assad and that its priority was to prevent further violence.” 

As it stands, the referendum is set for February 26.

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Feb 18, 2012

Syrian Protests Expand, More Attacks Alleged


(Image source: International Business Times)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

Activists claim the Syrian government fired on demonstrators at a funeral in Damascus, killing one. BBC News reports protesters are emerging throughout the country…


“…knowing that they may well get shot at, but for them, there’s so many people that have been killed and there’s so much blood that they really just don’t think they’ve got anything to lose at this stage.”

The protest attracted many — and placed them in the eye of the presidential palace, according to Al Jazeera.

“Saturday's demonstration, which activists said had thousands of participants as snow fell, was one of the biggest seen in and around the capital in months. … [One activist told Al Jazeera,] ‘We [believe] that the president himself, if he's there, will be able to hear our slogans.’”

China and Russia previously vetoed a U.N. resolution aimed at stopping the violence in Syria. Now, China has sent an envoy to Syria for a diplomatic discussion. The Telegraph has this statement from vice-foreign minister, Zhai Jun…

“China calls for a stop to the violence. It calls on all parties in Syria to come together for a dialogue to talk together to reach a comprehensive political plan.”

But some say China’s support for such a plan might not make a difference. CBS News reports

“Assad opponents say the referendum … and other reforms will not be enough, insisting Assad must go. … China has repeatedly defended its decision to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution, saying it would not protect the regime of Assad and that its priority was to prevent further violence.” 

As it stands, the referendum is set for February 26.

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