A growing international chorus condemning Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protesters triggered an urgent session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The death toll – more than 2,200 according to the UN – brought forth accusations from the US, EU and Arab states that the Assad regime was waging an unacceptable assault on civilians.
But in Damascus locals were supportive of their president who in a televised interview had dismissed criticisms from abroad.
“My message to all those in charge of human rights field is: where were you during the aggressive attacks on Gaza? Where are you when human rights are violated in many parts of the world?” said one Damascus resident.
A young woman added “They are depending on unreliable resources and basing their decisions on videos from sites such as Youtube or Facebook.”
The latest footage taken on Monday from the internet purports to show Syrian forces shooting at protesters. Three people were reportedly killed.