More than 200 protesters detained as officials resign
Published 25/04/2011 | 05:00
Syrian security forces have detained at least 200 people in widespread sweeps, as a number of officials resigned following the killings of dozens of anti-government protesters.
Mahmoud Merhi, who heads the Arab Organisation for Human Rights, said that two to three hundred people have been detained since April 22. According to Syrian human rights activists, many were taken from their homes at night.
Sheikh Ahmad al-Sayasneh, who was a member of a delegation that met with President Bashar al-Assad after the first wave of violence engulfed Syria last month, has joined the protesters. The imam said he is in hiding as security forces were looking for him because he had denounced them as "killers".