Britain condemns 'unacceptable' Syria killings

22nd April 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the "unacceptable" killing of demonstrators in Syria on Friday and called for the country's emergency law to be lifted in practice.

"I am extremely concerned by the reports of deaths and casualties across Syria," Hague said in a statement.

"I condemn the unacceptable killing of demonstrators by the Syrian security forces.

"I call on the Syrian security forces to exercise restraint instead of repression, and on the Syrian authorities to respect the Syrian people's right to peaceful protest."

The country's forces shot dead at least 38 people when they moved in to disperse thousands who took to the streets for "Good Friday" protests to test long sought-after freedoms, sources said.

A day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad scrapped decades of emergency rule, his forces fired live rounds at demonstrators in several towns and cities nationwide, witnesses and activists told AFP by telephone.

"The Syrian government should address the legitimate demands of the Syrian people," Hague said.

"Political reforms should be brought forward and implemented without delay. The emergency law should be lifted in practice, not just in word."

© 2011 AFP

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