Homs was the site of four deaths by Syrian security forces The killings were related to ongoing anti-government protests aimed at President Bashar Assad and his Arab regime. Three others died in Damascus.
Whether the headlines are about Occupy Boston, Occupy Wall Street, or protests in the Middle East, what stands out is the degree to which crowds and people are speaking out.
However, when it turns deadly and lives are taken as a result of protesting against some form of legislation, act, or state, there are no clear winners in the political impasse.
According to Fox News, an activist group said the four people killed in Homs by Syrian security forces took part in the mass protests in the uneasy city.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that forces detained scores of others.
People in Syria are lashing out against Assad's policy of exclusion and oppression. The popular movement wants government reform and citizenship for tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds.
While President Assad promised reform amidst his crackdown of violence against protestors, many in the Middle East do not believe in his "hollow" promises and political rhetoric. In short, the protests will not stop in Homs or anywhere else in Syria until the embattled leader steps down.
Hopefully, a United Nations resolution is forthcoming that is acceptable to all sides. Otherwise, the ongoing violence may spread beyond Homs to Jordan, Iraq, Israel, and Lebanon.
So far, deaths from clashes with Syrian forces numbers about 3,000. Why are protests like Occupy Boston and Wall Street relatively peaceful, while protests in the Middle East turn deadly?
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