Syrian opposition in Damascus calls for Assad to stop crackdown.
DAMASCUS (TAP)-Dozens of Syrian opposition members have convened in
the capital, Damascus, to call on President Bashar al-Assad to end his
deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters across the country. The National
Democratic Change group organized the weekend meeting, attended by a
group of opposition figures, including leading writer Michel Kilo, Arab
and Kurdish nationalists, Islamists and secularists. They called on
Syrians to continue their peaceful movement against Assad's rule
and urged the government to stop all acts of repression and violence
against citizens. Most other opposition meetings have taken place
outside of Syria. Inside the country, the U.N. estimates some 2,600
people have died in the bloody government crackdown. Last week, Syrian
security forces shot and killed at least 15 people as they conducted
raids and fired on protesters who flooded streets after Friday prayers.
Syrian activists say the killings took place across the country, from
the northwestern region of Jabal al-Zawiya, to the southern province of
Deraa, to the central province of Hama. The violence follows United
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for a
"coherent" international response to Syria's violent
crackdown against dissent, as the uprisings entered their seventh month.
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