Tuesday, March 22, 2011

White House national security council spokesman Tommy Vietor on Syria's violence against demonstrators

I found this first on the BBC's Arabic language service. Pretty good for a guy using google translate. Shows how MSM can't keep up following the USG on the Arab Revolution. It's the first administration comment I've seen on Syria.
At least three protesters have been shot dead in the south Syrian city of Deraa as security forces clamped down on a protest rally.

They were killed by security forces as protesters demanded political freedom and an end to corruption, eyewitnesses and activists told foreign media.

President Bashar al-Assad, whose Baath party has dominated politics for nearly 50 years, tolerates no dissent.

Washington strongly condemned the use of force against demonstrators.

White House national security council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the US was calling on the Syrian government to "allow demonstrations to take place peacefully".

"Those responsible for today's violence must be held accountable," he added.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the "use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators and their arbitrary arrests" were "unacceptable", according to a spokesman.

"It is the responsibility of the government in Syria to listen to the legitimate aspirations of the people and address them through inclusive political dialogue and genuine reforms, not repression," he added.

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