Britain blasts Syria over deadly crackdown on protests

3rd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Friday blasted the Syrian regime's "abhorrent disregard for human life" after security forces killed 34 people when they fired on crowds in the central city of Hama.

"I condemn the killing of more civilians in Syria," said Alistair Burt, a British Foreign Office minister with responsibility for the Middle East.

"Yet again the Syrian government has shown an abhorrent disregard for human life as ordinary Syrians took to the streets today in memory of the innocent children who have died during the unrest."

Friday's anti-regime demonstrations were the largest yet in Syria since the mid-March outbreak of a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule, according to rights activists.

Activists called the protests over the dozens of children killed in anti-government protests such as 13-year-old Hamza al-Khatib whom activists say was tortured to death, a charge denied by the authorities.

Rights groups say more than 1,100 civilians have been killed and at least 10,000 arrested in the brutal crackdown since the protests began.

© 2011 AFP

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