Syrian forces continue raids as Erdogan warns Assad

Published August 29th, 2011 - 11:33 GMT
Syria protest
Syria protest

Syrian security forces on Monday raided a northern village Monday, killing at least one person and injuring many others, activists said. According to the AP, the operations in Sarameen in the northern Idlib province were accompanied by similar raids in the village of Heet near the border with Lebanon, along with a military buildup outside the central town of Rastan, near Homs.

Meanwhile, the prime minister of Turkey warned Syrian president Bashar Assad that his regime could face a demise like those in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya if the violent suppression of protests continues.

"The only way out is to immediately silence arms and to listen to the people's demands," said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. "We have been watching the fate of those who did not chose this path in the past few months in Tunisia, in Egypt — and now in Libya — as a warning and with sadness."

"Demands for democracy and freedom are the people's just demands. In today's world, there is no place for one-man rule, for autocratic regimes and closed communities," he said.


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