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Syria crisis: Assad regime forces issue 72-hour deadline for end to protests in Homs
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Source: the telegraph

Syrian forces encircling the city of Homs have issued a 72-hour ultimatum for all protests against President Bashar al-Assad to stop, or a new offensive will begin.

The warning came as the regime's troops massed outside the city, apparently preparing for a major operation. Homs has been a centre of unrest since the onset of demonstrations against Mr Assad in March. The biggest protests have traditionally taken place on Fridays, the day of prayer in the Muslim world, when the mosques fill with worshippers.
On Friday, the security forces tried to curb the unrest by issuing an explicit threat. "We have been given 72 hours to stop protesting, or they are going to hit us hard," said an opposition activist in Homs going by the name Abu Rami.
Nonetheless, demonstrations swept across the city after prayers. People left the mosques and filled the streets, chanting "Syria wants freedom" and "Bashar is an enemy of humanity".

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  -Syria crisis: Assad regime forces issue 72-hour deadline for end to protests in Homs UndertheOcean  Dec-09-11 11:10 PM   #0 
  - Maybe it's not so much the protesting as much as its the killing and stuff.  Arctic Dave   Dec-09-11 11:46 PM   #1 
  - Your way is naive.  tcaudilllg   Dec-10-11 12:14 AM   #3 
  - Maybe that's that's why he is cracking down.  Arctic Dave   Dec-10-11 09:13 AM   #7 
     - He'll crack down no matter what.  tcaudilllg   Dec-11-11 09:59 AM   #14 
  - Some Egyptians burned several police stations and killed police officers...  joshcryer   Dec-10-11 03:20 AM   #4 
  - Did they attack a base?  Arctic Dave   Dec-10-11 09:14 AM   #8 
  - "Stop shooting back! That's not fair!"  DetlefK   Dec-10-11 05:04 AM   #5 
  - It is completely fair.  Arctic Dave   Dec-10-11 09:16 AM   #9 
  - Violently repress peaceful protests for long enough and guess what happens.  pampango   Dec-10-11 05:45 AM   #6 
  - It was bad form to actually fight back. How important can freedom really be?  hack89   Dec-10-11 04:03 PM   #11 
  - The people of Homs have a good reason to be afraid.  Little Tich   Dec-10-11 12:09 AM   #2 
  - Oh well.  tcaudilllg   Dec-11-11 10:05 AM   #16 
  - We never use violence against our citizens  classysassy   Dec-17-11 10:51 PM   #18 
  - That is entirely reasonable.  David__77   Dec-10-11 03:36 PM   #10 
  - Are you saying the Syrian people do not have legitimate grievances?  hack89   Dec-10-11 04:11 PM   #12 
     - Of course they have legitimate grievances.  David__77   Dec-10-11 06:29 PM   #13 
        - Assad is not the only way.  tcaudilllg   Dec-11-11 10:02 AM   #15 
  - Freedom of the press to continue lying.  classysassy   Dec-17-11 01:25 AM   #17 

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