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Syrian regime faces EU condemnation; more protests unfold
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives a speech at Damascus University in Syria on June 20, 2011.
June 24th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Syrian regime faces EU condemnation; more protests unfold

(CNN) - The European Council strongly condemned Syria on another deadly day of protests Friday, saying the "regime is calling its legitimacy into question" by opting for a "path of repression instead of fulfilling its own promises on broad reforms."

This comes as another day of demonstrations unfolded across Syria, leading to the deaths of 10 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group. Another person died Friday from injuries in another demonstration a couple of days ago, bringing the death count to 11.

The European Council - made up of the heads of the state or government of European Union member states - deplored the "ongoing repression and unacceptable and shocking violence the Syrian regime continues to apply against its own citizens."

It also expressed grave concern about reports of Syrian military activity near the Turkish border at Khirbet al-Jouz and urged "maximum restraint."

This comes after the Council of the European Union voted Thursday to expand sanctions against Syria by freezing the assets of seven people and four businesses with connections to the regime.

The detail was published in the European Union's Official Journal on Friday, and the restrictive measures were hailed by British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

"These measures are carefully targeted and focused on those responsible for violent repression. Contrary to the Syrian authorities' claims, the economic problems Syria is facing are a direct and predictable consequence of the Syrian authorities' decision to choose repression over reform," Hague said.

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  1. Alain Davis

    To the international community, I'd like just to remember you that the Al-Assad regime is the first responsible for the terrorism in the Middle-East. The Syrian regime created and supported a lot of terrorist groups. For example, Hezbollah terrorist group was created, in Lebanon, by Hafez Al-Assad (previous Syrian dictator who created the dictatorial regime in Syria and inherited it to his son Bashar Al-Assad). The Al-Assad regime provided to Hezbollah more than forty thousands of rockets to threaten the neighbours. The Al-Assad regime supports others terrorist groups whose leaders take the orders from Damascus to send human bombs to Iraq, Lebanon, Israel... Moreover, the Al-Assad regime is the first partner to Gaddafi (Libya). Al-Assad (father and son) and Gaddafi did a lot of terrorist attacks in the world. Do you forget Mr Rafik Hariri who was assassinated on 14 February 2005 by the Syrian security forces and Hezbollah? It is the time to end this terrorist regime.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm |