August 3rd, 2011
03:48 PM ET

UN condemns Syrian government crackdown on protesters

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday condemned the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters. The council issued a presidential statement that condemns the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.

The announcement comes amid talks that began Monday in New York to address the crisis, and it would address what a White House spokesman is calling a "grotesque and appalling" situation.

It also comes as security forces brazenly advance into what residents there say is the heart of restive city of Hama, a center of discontent and bastion of anti-government protest where violent tensions have persisted for days.

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  1. coco

    It took 4 months to condemn Assad.The Syrians were waiting something stronger.It solved one thing; the regime never accepted the fight for freedom and dignity.It said always:armed thugs,armed gangs,foreign agents... Now,UN gave the real explanation.But more than simple citizens other groups couldn't wait longer.......To be sad or to be happy!!
    This is the translation of the statement in Arabic.

    A statement No. 1 of the Syrian army free. Colonel Riad al-Assad.

    Here the content of the Statement N°1 of the Free Syrian Army
    He starts by presenting their condolences to the families who died at the hands of this ugly and coward regime. Then they greet the courage of the people...

    The Free Syrian Army (SFA) at Daraa, Homs, Hama, Dier Zour, Bou Kamal, notably the brigades of Deir Zour and Hama who have shown bravery and courageous actions to defend the defenseless people.

    However, what is happening in our beloved Syria as destruction and killings, storming towns and mosques, etc... with heavy artillery, and arrest of some (gives the name of personalities)...
    We are calling the soldiers to stop obeying to orders and join the FSA. We call upon the young to not join the recruitment bureau but to make themselves ready to defend their country and expel this regime and its thugs.
    We express our disappointment regarding the silence of the Arab countries who seem to back the regime ...
    and to Republic of United Russia positions, whom arms are killing our people.
    We say to the world that Syria decision belongs to the people and we are those who are going to realize this will by all means available to us to reach freedom and dignity.

    http://www.youtubeDOTcom/watch?v=WCETLrx3laQ&feature=share

    August 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Hans Blix

    To the Syrians: You had better show more restraint, or we will be very angry with you, and will write you very angry letters!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. String Theory

    August 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. HIKER

    That's like the parent wagging her finger at the child for doing something wrong..."Now don't you do that again, you hear me?" palessssssssssssss, our government has become a bunch of sissies

    August 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. coco

    The UN will reevaluate the situation in 1 week according to the statement. So at least it is something to start with.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ajd041

    OMFG look out syria the UN os after you

    August 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Charles Queen

    And who will help the Iranian people?They also want to get out from under the thumb of a cruel and corrpted leadership as well.The only reason they have yet to pull a full blown revolt is because they cannot get the wepons to do so

    August 4, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Al-Abribr

    I dont think the us will do anything about it. Syria doesnt produce as much oil as Libya so the us probably doesnt care.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andreas Moser

      That's not the reason. The reason is that we are militarily overstretched and tired.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. avg Joe

    The U.N. has condemned Israel dozens and dozens of times but nothing ever comes of it. Don't sweat it Syria. And get ready for all that cheap oil and natural gas that Iran will be sending you and Lebanon now that Iraq has approved construction of a 10 billion dollar pipeline. Iraq and Iran are still with you Syria. Screw the U.N.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Andreas Moser

    THAT will really impress the dictator.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. kelvin iremeka

    the syrian goverment should respect the right of syrians pple dat quest for democracy.or they will be suffering wot the former Egyptian government is going through now.Democracy should prevail.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Ancient Texan

    And this will do exactly how much good? Human rights are just so many talking points for this useless organization.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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