Amateur video uploaded onto a social media website on Friday purports to show Syrian security forces physically and verbally abusing detained protesters. The prisoners are kicked and trodden on. They are repeatedly asked their names and referred to as ‘dogs’. Some are then marched outside at gunpoint with their clothes pulled over their heads, and told to sit on the ground. Footage in Hama, again uploaded on Friday, shows protesters apparently shot at whilst running away.
Due to foreign news crews being denied access, the media are again relying again unverifiable amateur video.
As the protests continue so does the crackdown. One human rights group says at least six people, four of them women, died on Saturday when the army attacked the coastal town of Banias. Other clashes have taken place in Hama, Homs and Deraa.
One diplomat in Syria estimates that over 7,000 people have been arrested so far since the protests began on March 18th.