Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Syrian soldier pictured stamping on handcuffed protesters as international pressure on Middle Eastern regime grows - 11th May 2011

This is the moment a Syrian soldier stamps on the bodies of handcuffed residents who were laid out on the ground during a brutal military crackdown on protests.

Thousands of people had gathered across the Middle Eastern country to voice their anger at the government after prayers on April 15.

In the tiny northwestern village of Baida, dozens of residents were rounded up and handcuffed before being thrown on the ground.

A fellow protester used their mobile phone to record the scenes of violent suppression that have swept through the country since the anti-regime uprisings began a month ago.

The pictures emerged as tanks and troops yesterday rolled into southern villages near the heart of Syria's protests. Two soldiers and five others were reportedly killed today.

A resident said that gunfire and ambulance sirens could be heard as security forces fired shells through the industrial cities of Homs and Daraa. The deaths mark an increasingly violent government's crackdown on protests in the country.

The Syrian military has been sealing off various areas and conducting house-to-house raids in search of people whose names are on wanted lists, with many people fleeing for fear of detention by President Bashar Assad's regime, activists say.

A human rights group reported yesterday that more than 750 people have been killed in the crackdown.

In Washington, U.S. officials said they are edging closer to calling for an end to the Assad family's long rule after its violent suppression of the protests. Read More