On Monday, Amnesty International released a report, The Long Reach of the Mukhabaraat (the name of the Syrian secret police), that describes at least 30 cases of direct and indirect intimidation of Syrian anti-regime activists in Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US.
Below is a video of pianist Jandali and his parents.
This past summer, the US State Department had already raised concerns about Syrian diplomatic staff photographing and filming protesters demonstrating in the US and summoned the Syrian ambassador to Washington.
Despite these threats and intimidation, Syrian activists based in the UK staged an “I am not afraid” rally on Tuesday morning outside the Syrian embassy and held up placards on which they had written their names and home towns.
Turkey Imposes Sanctions on Syria
Turkey has imposed sanctions on its former ally, Syria, in protest of the deaths of the estimated 2,700 killed in the past seven months of anti-government protests. Racip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, did not give specifics about the new sanctions; he has in the past hinted about a number of military and commercial measures.
“Oppressed, defenceless people are dying in serious numbers. We cannot say ‘let these deaths continue,” Erdogan said, in a further sign of Turkey’s taking the regional lead in addressing the crisis in Syria. He also said that he will no longer communicate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that he will soon visit a Syrian refugee camp near the Turkish border and that Turkey will begin military exercises on its border with Syria this week. In addition, the highest-ranking Syrian military officer to defect, Colonel Riad al-Assad, said in the Turkish newspaper Anatolia that he was in southern Turkey.
Photo of anti-Assad rally in Washington in August by Elvert Barnes
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