Peaceful Protests in Homs
Friday, July 22, 2011 – 19:22 – Syria
Tens of thousands of protestors took to streets across Homs today, a member of the LCC activist network told Al Jazeera, following a week of intense violence which has killed at least 38 people.
The LCC confirmed the name of one protestor killed in Homs today by security forces which opened fire on demonstrations in the neighbourhoods of Bab Sebah and Waar.
Kareem Lailah, an LCC member based outside Syria but whose family is from Homs, denied the protest movement had turned violent in Homs after the killing earlier in the week of at least three local Allawites, the same sect as President Assad and the majority of the security forces, by enraged Sunnis whose family members had been kidnapped by security.
“The regime wants to justify its military operation against Homs,” he said. “If there is any evidence that protestors are using weapons then I will be the first to stand against that. But I say to the regime: If you have evidence that we are armed then let the media report and show this evidence. The protestors do not have justify their protests which have always been peaceful.”
The LCC is asking to raise the case of Mohammed Najadi Tayyara, a local activist in Homs who spoke regularly to Al Jazeera Arabic with updates from the city but who has now been missing for several weeks.
via AlJazeera blog