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Oct 15 2011

Syrian forces kill leading activist in tribal east

"Ziad was adamant that non-violence was the only way to counter the regime’s bloodletting. He had three kids and barely enough money to put bread on the table, yet the authorities keep saying that this uprising is being lead by foreign-backed armed terrorists," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told Reuters by telephone from Britain"He called me Friday to report proudly that thousands of people protested after prayers in the streets of Deir al-Zor," he said.At least 50 prominent activists have been killed by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising erupted seven months ago, he said.Tanks stormed Deir al-Zor in August as part of an expanded military push against urban centers to crush protests demanding political freedoms and an end of 41 years of Assad family rule. Tens activists have been arrested since in the desert city.

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