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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2011-05-25

This week: Torture in Syria, witty protesters in Yemen, and painting the Ivorian civil war

This week our Observers tell us about the brutal scare tactics used by Syrian authorities against protesters, they describe the smart and colourful anti-government demonstrations in Yemen, and they and paint the Ivorian civil war.

Presentation: Derek Thompson. Editorial team: Julien Pain, Lorena Galliot, Ségolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière.
 
STORY 1 : SYRIA
 
We begin today with the continuing unrest in Syria.... for weeks now our Observers inside and outside the country have been telling us about the government's brutal repression of pro-democracy protests. The opposition says thousands of people have been arrested or simply disappeared. But we've learned that many of them only spend a few days in jail. The Syrian government often releases protesters a few days before new protests are planned. So is this a gesture of good will? Our Observer doesn’t think so. 
 
OBSERVER: Nabil (not his real name), in Syria
 
STORY 2 : YEMEN
 
Now to Sanaa, in Yemen, where protesters have occupied the main square since February. It's become a city within a city... with its own food supply, and beds for people to sleep on. It's also an incubator - for culture and creativity. We head to what protesters have renamed "Change Square". With our Observer,
 
OBSERVER: Khaled al-Anesi, in Yemen
 
STORY 3 : IVORY COAST
 
We finish today in Ivory Coast. Laurent Gbagbo - the president who refused to leave office - has been arrested and the country has come back from the brink of all-out civil war. But hundreds died in the fighting, and Ivorians are trying to get their country back on track. Our Observer is doing his part.
 
OBSERVER: Aboudia, in Abidjan

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