Syria ‘victim of a fascist attack’: Chavez

The Venezuelan President defends his “brother”, Syria`s Bashar al-Assad.

Updated: May 21, 2011, 11:29 AM IST

Caracas: Syria, gripped by pro-democracy protests for two months, is the “victim of a fascist attack”, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday in defending his “brother”, Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.

Chavez tweeted his message after speaking with the Syrian President by telephone.

Syrian security forces earlier shot dead at least 27 people, including a child, during pro-democracy protests, according to activists. State television blamed the violence on armed gangs.

The child was among 11 people killed in the central city of Homs, while another 10 died in the town of Maaret al-Naaman, located near the western city of Idlib, the activists said.

The killings took place amid nationwide protests called by the opposition in defiance of a brutal crackdown by the Assad regime that has left more than 850 people dead, according to the United Nations and rights groups.

“Syria is the victim of a fascist onslaught. God help Syria!” Chavez wrote on his Twitter account.

Bureau Report