Syria students stage first demo in Aleppo

Security forces and students clashed at the protest on the campus of Aleppo.

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 22:05 PM IST

Nicosia: Some 500 Syrian students
demonstrated Wednesday in the second-largest city of Aleppo for
the first time since a wave of pro-reform protests broke out
in mid-March, an activist said.

A smaller protest also took place today at Damascus
university`s law faculty, and as in Aleppo police used force
to disperse the demonstrators and also made arrests, another
human rights activist said.

Security forces and students clashed at the protest on
the campus of Aleppo`s faculty of literature and police
arrested at least four students, said Radif Mustafa, the
president of the Kurdish Committee for Human Rights.

"Security forces dispersed by force a protest by students
calling for freedom," he told AFP by telephone.

"The security forces clashed with the students and four
students were arrested," said Mustafa.

Around 500 students took part in the demonstration and
also "expressed solidarity with the victims of Daraa and
Banias", flashpoint protest towns in southern and northern
Syria respectively, he said.

In Damascus some 50 students staged a protest at the law
faculty demanding greater freedoms, Abdel Karim Rihawi of the
Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights said, two days
after a sit-in at the science faculty.

"Security forces used batons to disperse the students and
some students have been arrested," said Rihawi.

Protests for reforms broke out in Syria on March 15 and
have gripped many cities and towns across the country, where
some 30 people were killed in a crackdown by security forces
on the weekend namely in Daraa and Banias.

PTI