February 26th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Syrian constitutional referendum starts, but violence doesn't stop

In what the government touts as a move toward reform, Syria's constitutional referendum kicked off Sunday to widespread skepticism that the regime would stop slaughtering civilians.

The referendum on a draft constitution began in polling centers across the country Sunday morning, Syrian state-run TV reported.

But the unabated violence on the ground indicated nothing has changed in the nearly year-long onslaught by government forces.

At least 100 people were killed on the eve of the vote, almost half of them in Homs, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists.

And on Sunday morning, rockets fell once again on the besieged Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, another opposition activist group

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  1. Superman

    Assad is a mas murderer period does anybody think that this cold blooded killer is going to listen to anybody beg for there life and ask to him to let them live? The man has to go! It makes no sense now to be diplomatic with this son of satan

    February 26, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Carry

      ask Clinton she knows devil better

      February 26, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ali

      What Syrians lacked first place, every country has internal problems, It does not mean to stand against one's ruler unlawfully. Syrians will get nothing out of this uprising. Nothing. in fact, they are setting Syria 50 years behind, by this unnecessary uprising. Give your neck to your Hakim, if need be. Who is doing Satan work.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @ali: they are setting syria 50 years behind?

      that's awesome..

      they were 236 years behind

      February 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      leeintulsa: lol.
      Well done, sir.

      February 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    Assad is a mas murderer period does anybody think that this cold blooded killer is going to listen to anybody beg for there life and ask to him to let them live? The man has to go! It makes no sense now to be diplomatic with this son of satan. He must go! So maybe his people will turn on him in the near future. If he where to be captured and brought to this country , and the government offered me money to do away with him id say no! Let him rot with the lepers.

    February 26, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    Oops double entry

    February 26, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
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    well said

    February 26, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. revnowwhilewecan

    Am I the only person here that believes a regime change will not bring peace? SMH

    February 26, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      it's a place to start..

      February 26, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ali

      I do. Its not the regime, people are frustrated, they want what they don't deserve or never earned. That is not possible. A nation has to work together in peace and harmony for their success. unnecessary bloodshed.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ali

      I do. Its not the regime, few people took out their own frustration and others are paying the price with their blood.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    @leeintulsa ..........................We had to fight in this country to free slaves, and than we had to fight to for our indepenbencance from our mother country. So why should these people not fight to have what we have? SOUNDS LIKE YOU LIKE DICTATORSHIPS

    February 26, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @superman: sounds like you can't read..

      he said regime change will not bring peace. i said it was a good place to start..

      i'm for the rebels.. i don't think taking out assad is going to bring peace like flipping a light switch. the end of assad will be just the beginning of the revolution.. like our civil war was the last battle of our revolution..

      keep up..

      February 26, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. ali

    What slaves, what independence. if there few think they are being treated like slaves, why rest of the free and happy nation and innocents must pay the price. A Hakim is suppose to control all the terrorist acts in his country.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |