Protests in Syria against the autocratic rule of the Assad regime took a grave turn on Friday as security forces killed over 75 people to control the mass uprising.
In what is regarded as the 'bloodiest day' of the 2011 Syrian protests, the entire country seemed to be enveloped in a deadly flame of tear gas. With the death toll on the rise, human rights organizations fear that the situation will worsen if necessary steps are not taken.
The revolutionary wave of protests and demonstrations which have been taking place in the Middle East and North African regions, also called the Arab Spring, is said to be the inspiration behind the current Syrian revolt.
What started in Tunisia on December 18, 2010, gradually spread to other regions like Algeria, Jordan, Egypt and Yemen.
Protests in Syria started on January 26, 2011 with mass demonstrations calling for political reforms and reinstatement of civil rights.
Despite Assad's decision to lift the emergency law, protests went ahead on Friday. The Local Coordination Committees stated that the removal of the emergency law was futile without the release of thousands of political prisoners who have been held without trial.
US President Barack Obama expressed his strong resentment against the Friday violence accusing Assad of seeking help from Iran.
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