Syria: The killing of protesters in Syria – further signs of Bashar al-Assads lack of control?

Reports are that protesters have been killed in various parts of Syria during the demonstrations yesterday.

In Lattakia a man was killed in what seemed to be clashes between pro-government demonstrators and protesters. But in other parts of Syria it is reported that security forces fired live ammunition, on in some occasions, shot protesters dead. Bearing in mind the statement of Bashar al-Assads political and media adviser, Bouthaina Shaaban that she “…was a witness to the instructions of his Excellency that live ammunition should not be fired, even if the police, security forces or officers of the status were being killed” concerning the protests in Deraa one has but to wonder id Bashar al-Assad either gave orders for security forces to fire live ammunition on protesters yesterday? Or if what happened yesterday is but another signs that Bashar al-Assad is no longer in control of the Syria government (and possibly that he never was anything more then a figurehead for the hardliners to hid behind…).

The days and hours to come will, I think, give ample evidence if that is the case. Either the reformists such as Shaaban and Abdullah al-Dardari will resign and Bashar al-Assad will have to take serious measures in bringing the violence of the security forces under control or we will know that he is either a part of the problem or only a figurehead with no real influence over his closest family members and allies.

About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Agency specializing in the Middle East, Schengen and the Dublin Regulation, as Migration Attaché and head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus 2005 - 2008, as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus 2008 - 2009, Consul at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem 2012 - 2013 and associate RSD/RST officer at UNHCR in Beirut 2013 - 2014. He currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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