As Ramadan Begins, Assad Regime Intensifies

Democracy Now! / Video Report
Published: Tuesday 2 August 2011
The government's severe measures on protesters in Syria increases in violence as Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun

The government crackdown on protesters in Syria has reached a new level of violence just as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun. At least six people were killed earlier today, pushing the toll to at least 150 over the last two days. An attack on the central city of Hama began Sunday when more than 100 people were killed by government forces, and continued into Monday with another 24 dead across the country. Syria has banned most foreign journalists, making it hard to verify exactly what is happening there. We speak with Ziad Majed, assistant professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Paris and coordinator of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy.



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