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EU's Syrian sanctions hit snag

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EU's Syrian sanctions hit snag


The European Union’s proposed raft of new sanctions against Syria failed to get past objections on Tuesday.

Demonstrators from several Syrian opposition organisations were outside to show there is plenty of criticism of President Assad in Brussels as well as at home. But they want more than sanctions from the Council of Europe.

“We consider the sanctions concerning the export of gas, oil and weapons very important and we hope that the European Union will take this matter seriously and that it will act quickly,” said the National Coalition to support the Syrian Revolution’s Bassem Hatahet.

“Sanctions are a good idea but I think that they are not enough. The most important thing for us is the fall of the regime,” said a demonstrator.

The EU’s measures are expected to pass before the end of the week, but Assad seems for the moment capable of riding out any exterior pressure. The opposition estimates over 550 people died in Syria during the holy month of Ramadan.

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