Assad “We Will Crush Foreign-Backed Terrorism”

24 Apr

0945 GMT: A Tuesday night protest in Sitra in Bahrain:

And a march in Sehla condemning attacks by security forces on women:

0935 GMT: Yemeni officials say the death toll from Sunday’s attack by insurgents against soldiers has risen to 184.

Air raids since the attack, in the south of the country, have killed at least 42 militants, ecurity officials said.

0805 GMT: A Bahraini source reports that opposition societies, human rights activists, and religious councils have posted a list of demands in advance of Friday’s mass rally.

Responding to the claim of King Hamad that protests only repreesent a handful of people, the opposition called for “a real constitutional monarchy” with a legislature with full powers, an exit of Saudi troops and the withdrawal of the military from the streets, accountability of those responsible for abuses of citizens, a law against discrimination and sectarianism, compensation of the families of those killed and wounded in the political conflict, rebuilding of destroyed mosques and houses of worship, and a fair judicial system.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Hassan Issa, a former MP and prominent member of the opposition Al Wefaq, has visited the homes of youth from Sitra who were seized on Monday night.

Issa claimed that raiding police did not allow families to see arrest warrants, insulted them, and damaged furniture. He said police ignored warnings that one of the detainees, Mahmood Saleh Mahdi, is seriously ill.

The opposition February 14 Coalition has posted a video of their letter to Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone, demanding that he called off this year’s race in Bahrain: “We do not accept the distortion of this popular sport for the sake of obliging a falling dictatorship.”

0715 GMT: The head of humanitarian relief for the United Nations, Baroness Amos, arrives in Syria today — after protracted negotations with the regime to allow her entry — “to urge all sides to allow unhindered access for humanitarian relief workers so they can evacuate the wounded and deliver essential supplies”.

It is unclear how much Amos or the UN’s special envoy, Kofi Annan, who arrives on Friday, will see — Syrian authorities have said they will visit “some parts” of the country.

And President Assad is certainly not talking of humanitarian matters. On Tuesday, he was quoted by the Syrian State news agency SANA, “The Syrian people, who have in the past managed to crush foreign plots … have again proven their capacity to defend the nation and to build a new Syria through their determination to pursue reforms along with the fight against foreign-backed terrorism.”

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