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UK's Hague slams Syria over protest crackdown

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UK's Hague slams Syria over protest crackdown


UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that Britain is working on “possible further measures” to be taken against the Syrian government unless it stops attacking its own people.

“The United Kingdom is working intensively with our international partners to persuade the Syrian authorities to stop the violence and respect basic and universal human rights to freedoms of expression and assembly,” he said in a statement.

Hague said it would send “a strong signal” to Damascus that the violence must stop now.

It comes as footage emerged on the Internet overnight purporting to show Syrian snipers shooting at protesters in Deraa on Monday. euronews has been unable to independently verify the authenticity of the video shown above.

The Syrian protests began in March demanding real political reform and the fall of the regime. More than 350 people have been killed since then, according to rights groups.

President Assad last week ordered the lifting of a five-decades-old emergency law. But eyewitness accounts and media reports indicate there has been no let-up in his regime’s attacks on anti-government protesters.

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