Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

French presidential election: What attracts young voters to the far right?

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Jamiroquai, Nelly Furtado & jazz singer China Moses

Read more

EUROPE NOW

Italy challenged by populism

Read more

EUROPE NOW

60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: What's to celebrate?

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

How traffickers lie to migrants wanting to go to Europe; and the gold rush polluting rivers in Ivory Coast

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Startled startups flee UK ahead of Brexit

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

What's next for Yemen?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French Guiana: 'A powder keg abandoned by the state'

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French presidential election: Over 40% remain undecided

Read more

Middle east

Syrian security forces make high-profile arrests at Damascus protest

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-07-14

Syrian security forces arrested at least 30 people, including a prominent actress and a writer, during an anti-regime protest in Damascus Wednesday, a Syrian human rights organisation has reported.

REUTERS - Syrian security forces arrested at least 30 people, including an actress and a writer, during a pro-democracy protest in Damascus on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Syrian intellectuals organised this demonstration to call for an end to the security crackdown and the release of detainees," said Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Observatory.
 
"They were gathering in Midan in the centre of the city when the security forces arrived and arrested at least 30 of them." The protesters were dispersed, he said.
 
Abdelrahman said leading Syrian actress May Skaf and writer Rima Fleihan were among those detained.
 
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is struggling to put down popular revolts that have swept the country for four months and threatened his 11-year rule.

 

Date created : 2011-07-13

  • SYRIA

    Obama chides Syria's Assad in wake of embassy attacks

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Assad loyalists attack French and US embassies

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Syria holds ‘national dialogue’ without opposition

    Read more

COMMENT(S)