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Report: Syrian crackdowns have left at least 400 dead

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 26, 2011 | 12:36 pm

It seems like in 2011 you can basically pick a month and there will be a new embattled despotic regime in the Mideast that is trying to violently squash a populist uprising. The latest: Syria.

Via Haaretz:

Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 400 civilians in their campaign to crush month-long pro-democracy protests, the Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said on Tuesday.

The group, founded by jailed human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, said the United Nations Security Council must convene to start proceedings against Syrian officials in the International Criminal Court and “reign in the security apparatus”.

“This savage behavior, which is aimed at keeping the ruling clique in power at the expense of a rising number of civilian lives, calls for immediate international action beyond condemnations,” Sawasiah said in a statement sent to Reuters.

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