Syria: security forces fire on protesters —again

Security forces opened fire as thousands took to Syria’s streets for Friday protests to demand the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad June 24. Activists told AlJazeera at least 15 people were killed and many more injured in demonstrations following evening prayers. People were just emerging from Ibn Affan Mosque in the Damascus suburb of al-Qusweh, chanting for Assad’s overthrow, when security forces opened fire without warning, killing six people and wounding 15, according to Mohammed Suliman. He said that ambulances took the wounded to the headquarters of the military secret service, rather than the hospital. “We don’t regard the president as legitimate,” said Suliman, rejecting a speech made by Assad five days earlier in which he announced a general amnesty for those involved in protests “His speech didn’t make any sense. He gave his speech on Monday and today we witnessed many killed – the only speech now that will make any sense is his resignation speech.” (AlJazeera, June 24)

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