According to incoming reports, a protest in Damascus has turned violent and possibly deadly after security forces used teargas and live ammo to disperse protesters. Reuters reports: "At least three protesters were injured on Friday when Syrian forces fired live rounds at a large pro-democracy demonstration in the Damascus suburb of Douma, a witness said. "Thousands took to the streets in Douma. I helped carry three people the bullets hit in the leg," the witness said." Sky News adds: "Syrian security forces have used teargas to disperse protesters in the capital Damascus, according to reports. It follows reports the Syrian army was deployed overnight in the city of Homs - ahead of Friday prayers. Syria's protest movement has promised a day of demonstrations on what it is calling 'Great Friday'." Ironically all this happens just after the country's age old emergency laws were lifted earlier this week "to herald a new era in human rights." Perhaps rights to get shot in the head? Either way, with Syria oil production minimal, do not expect any imminent intervention by the globocops in the imminent future, unless violence threatens to spill over into the Golan Heights.
From Sky News:
State TV said citizens would be allowed to protest peacefully – but the pledges looked hollow after new pictures emerged of troops firing live rounds at demonstrators in Homs.
It is believed they were filmed early on Tuesday morning after demonstrators tried to stage an Egyptian-style sit-in in the main square.
Emergency law was imposed in Syria when the ruling Baath Party seized power in 1963.
It restricts many civil liberties, including public gatherings and freedom of movement, and allows the "arrest of anyone suspected of posing a threat to security".
The state security court exists outside the ordinary judicial system and usually prosecutes people considered to challenge the authority of the government.
A decree issued by President Assad said citizens would now be granted "the right to peacefully demonstrate", noting this was one of the "basic human rights guaranteed by the Syrian constitution".
The clip in question capturing the sound of gunfire at protesters can be seen below.
Those wishing to watch the protest in real time can do so on the Arabic version of Al Jazeera below.