In Syria, fighting with firecrackers

Protesters in Syria have committed to a peaceful movement, despite a brutal crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad’s army and police forces.

So this is all the people have to fight back with: a couple of harmless firecrackers.

Eleven people were reportedly killed by regime forces, activists told AFP on Monday.

More than 1,000 people have been killed and 10,000 arrested since the revolt began, human rights groups say.

Also on Monday, the UN rights chief Navi Pillay condemned the crackdown on Syrian protesters, saying the actions were shocking in their disregard for human rights.

“The brutality and magnitude of measures taken by the governments in Libya and now Syria have been particularly shocking in their outright disregard for basic human rights,” Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council.

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