Syria's Crackdown: "This Country Doesn't Run On Law"

Apr 29, 2011

Reports are emerging from Syria about security troops attacking thousands of anti-government protesters gathering to express anger on this 'Day of Rage'. The AP says Syrian security forces are shooting people in the coastal city of Latakia. The BBC notes Syrian civilians are furious over their treatment by police and are gathering after Friday prayers conclude today.

The Guardian is liveblogging developments, and featured 'Adnan's' story. He was detained and held for overnight and badly beaten for nearly 12 hours. Elderly men and young teenagers were also viciously attacked. Adnan says nothing stopped the jailers' beatings.

One 15-year-old boy asked me why we were there if the president had lifted the emergency law. I didn't know what to say: this country doesn't run on law. A man my age was crying. I asked him why. He told me he had heard his elderly father being beaten and he had begged them to beat him instead...They ignored him.

The BBC says protests have broken out around Damascus and security troops are using tear gas to try to drive people away. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit