Press Release: Caabu appalled by continued violence in Syria and urges immediate end to repression

Posted by Caabu on 20 May 2011

President Bashar Al Assad of SyriaCaabu has expressed its horror at the aggressive and lethal tactics of the Syrian security forces against demonstrators across Syria.  On yet another bloody Friday, Syrian forces have reportedly killed another 44 Syrians making a reported total of 850 fatalities since demonstrations began.  During this time thousands have been arrested, beaten up and tortured.

Chris Doyle, the Director of Caabu in various media interviews commented that “the repeated use of such lethal force in nearly every major city of Syria is an outrage and has undermined the regime in the eyes of Syrians everywhere.  There has to be a complete cessation of such repressive measures, the release of all political prisoners and credible investigations into what happened. These should be just some of the first steps in major reforms that are long, long, long overdue.  Syria is a fantastic country, with an extraordinary historical and cultural heritage and above all a talented, brilliant and friendly people. They deserve much better than this.  The international community should consider further actions to ensure that the entire Syrian regime understands fully that this is totally unacceptable.”


Date Friday 20 May 2011



Notes to editors:

1.       For more information contact Chris Doyle, on + 44207 832 1321 or +447968 040281.  Chris is a frequent visitor to Syria in particular cities such as Homs which has seen some of the worst repression.

2.       Caabu organised a major advert in a British newspaper on 3 March signed by major cultural, academic and political figures calling on David Cameron to back democracy in the Middle East and stop selling weapons to regimes that use them for internal repression.

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