Syria rounds up opponents of the Damascus entitiy

Independent:

Syria's feared secret police raided hundreds of homes yesterday as authorities stepped up attempts to crush the pro-reform movement amid tentative signs of coordinated action by world leaders against the regime.

Forces were reportedly massing outside the north-western city of Baniyas last night amid fears that the government was planning an assault on a second rebellious city, where two weeks ago soldiers tried to quell protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

Thousands of army troops and tanks stormed the southern city of Deraa on Monday, killing at least 20 people in what appeared to be pre-emptive action against opposition to Assad rather than a response to demonstrations.

People braved sniper fire yesterday to pull the bullet-riddled bodies of the dead from the streets. More than 400 people have died during the uprising against the 11-year rule of Assad.

William Hague said that Britain would work with other countries to push for sanctions on Syria's leadership if violence went on. "Syria is now at a fork in the road... it can choose ever-more violent repression which can only ever bring short-term security for the authorities there," he said.

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Come on Hague, they past the fork and went around the bend. They are killing people for being in the road fork or not. Threats of sanctions are not going to dissuade a despot who sees an existential threat coming from his peoples thirst for freedom. It will take far stronger medicine to stop the odious apparatus of Baath Party rule.

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